It’s looking more and more likely that John Stones will be going to Manchester City during this transfer window. Apparently the defender has put in a transfer request saying that he would have a better opportunity to improve his craft under Pep Guardiola.
The media have reported that City are balking at the £50m that Everton have asked for the England player, and are willing to consider a player plus money exchange deal.
Taking a quick look down the City squad, there are a few quality players there that could definitely bolster Ronald Koeman’s side. We’ve kept the list down to players 30 and under, as getting another aging veteran doesn’t help the Blues. Also, we’ve skipped some obvious names like Sergio Aguero and Kevin DeBruyne who Guardiola will definitely not part with.
G Joe Hart - age 29, contract ends 2019
The goalkeeper had an abysmal Euro 2016 tournament, and has consistently underwhelmed for the Three Lions, but remains one of the better goalies in the Premier League. New signing Maarten Stekelenburg backing Hart up would give the Blues one of the best goalkeeping tandems in the country.
DM Fernando - age 28, contract ends 2019
Definitely a position of need for Everton. Gareth Barry is aging and cannot be expected to play at this level in every game. Koeman has been knocking on doors this summer for William Carvalho and Morgan Schneiderlin to upgrade that position, but Fernando could come in and start from Day One too.
CM Fabian Delph - age 26, contract ends 2020
City added Ilkay Gundogan this offseason, all but ending any hopes Delph had of having a future at City. A much-maligned purchase two years ago, can Koeman do something with him? Also, where would he fit in in the current Everton squad?
AM David Silva - age 30, contract ends 2019
The Spaniard has long been the main source of creative influence for the Citizens, but will Guardiola look to refresh the team and let him go? Also, would this move stunt Ross Barkley’s development, or does Barkley withdraw to a deeper position to link up play?
AM Samir Nasri - age 29, contract ends 2019
Another attacking midfielder, Nasri is right-footed but primarily plays on the left wing. Would he bring more consistency to that position? It’s quite likely that Kevin Mirallas will never start 38 League games at that position, but between the two players and Leighton Baines, the left wing could be a source of terror for opponents again.
S Wilfried Bony - age 27, contract ends 2019
Bony has mostly been a flop at City, but truly lit up the League when he was at Swansea City as a focal point of that attack. Romelu Lukaku has quite a few off days every season, and Everton’s lack of depth at the position meant former manager Roberto Martinez had to persist with Lukaku when a spell on the bench was required.
Vote here for who you think Everton should ask for as part of a player plus money exchange for defender John Stones.