Report: City to use Arteta to help John Stones deal

Mikel Arteta shoots before Aston Villa's Mark Bunn scores an own goal and the fourth goal for Arsenal

Could Mikel Arteta's reported move to Manchester City spell bad news for Everton?

Mikel Arteta celebrates after Aston Villa's Mark Bunn scored an own goal and the fourth goal for Arsenal

The Mirror reported on Monday that retired midfielder Mikel Arteta is set to join up with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City in a coaching capacity.

The 34-year-old, whose contract with Arsenal ends on June 30, retired from football at the end of the 2015-16 campaign after injuries limited him to just six Premier League starts in two years in North London.

If true, the Spaniard will reunite with his fellow Barcelona academy graduate at the Etihad Stadium.

Bayern Munich coach Josep Guardiola

Before joining the Gunners in 2011, Arteta spent six years at Everton and The Mirror suggest that City may use his relationship with the Toffees to their advantage.

It was reported recently that Ronald Koeman's arrival at Everton would not make much of a difference with regards to keeping John Stones.

The highly-rated defender is said to be wanted by Guardiola at Eastlands (The Manchester Evening News) and it is hoped that Arteta could help facilitate a big-money move for the 22-year-old centre-back, say The Mirror.

Stones is contracted to the Merseyside club until 2019, meaning he will not be cheap.

Regardless of figures, Everton proved last season that they are capable of batting away huge offers after rejecting a host of big-money bids from Chelsea.

England's John Stones

Everton's John Stones

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