Glenn Hoddle believes £50m is good value for John Stones

John Stones

The Everton defender has been linked with a move to Barcelona.

Writing in the Daily Mail, Glenn Hoddle says he believes that £50m would represent good value for Everton star John Stones.

The defender has become of the most highly rated young defenders in Europe in recent seasons, putting in consistently impressive performances in the heart of Everton’s defence.

Those displays have reportedly caught the eye of some of Europe’s elite clubs, with Barcelona keeping an eye on him according to Mundo Deportivo.

Indeed, Everton resisted a big money offer from Chelsea in the summer, and Hoddle says even £50million would represent good value for the young England star.

“If Barcelona wanted to sign a centre half, he could slot right in at that club,” he wrote in the Daily Mail.

“Even if he cost £50million, he represents good value. Break that down over a six-year deal and you're getting a player I believe will be world class at a little over £8m a year.”

“When he starts reading better over the years, I believe he can become one of the best defenders in the world.”

While interest is sure to be high in John Stones in the summer, Everton will be confident they can convince their young star to stay at Goodison Park once again.

They managed to do that last summer amidst Chelsea’s interest, and the fact they have him signed to a long-term deal strengthens their ability to keep hold of him.

Undoubtedly though, he is sure to be tempted by the lure of Champions League football and the consistent title challenges on offer at the Nou Camp.

Everton then, must do their utmost to secure a top four finish to give themselves a better chance of holding onto their top young stars in future.

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