Everton centre-back John Stones has completed a move to Manchester City in a £47.5m deal on a six-year contract. The fee, which makes Stones the most expensive defender in Premier League history, will increase to £50m with add-ons.
It is understood the deal was done between the two clubs last night. City’s squad has been given the day off today so Stones will not meet his new team-mates until Wednesday.
Chelsea persistently attempted to sign Stones last season but Everton held onto his services for another season.
The transfer will also benefit Barnsley, who have confirmed they included a sell-on clause when they sold Stones to Everton. The exact amount they will receive has not been disclosed.
Stones told the club’s website: “I’m absolutely delighted to sign for City and now the deal’s done I’m looking forward to the next stage in my career. I’ve obviously seen what’s going on here at the Etihad, it’s an ambitious Club with a great manager so I can’t wait to get stuck in and help achieve the goals. I know it will be tough getting a place in this team but I’m determined to become the best player I can be and help us to success.”
“I had a wonderful time with Everton and wish them and their fans all the best but now I’ll give my all for City.”
City boss Pep Guardiola added: “We want to help John show his quality with us and improve on what he has already achieved.”
“I like the way he plays the game and I’m looking forward to welcoming him into the squad.”
Stones, who will take squad No 24, becomes City’s eighth signing of the summer transfer window, following the acquisitions of Ilkay Gundogan, Nolito, Aleksandar Zinchenko, Aaron Mooy, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Marlos Moreno.