Guardiola confirms interest in Stones

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is presented to the fans

The Everton defender has been linked with Manchester City.

Everton's John Stones

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has effectively admitted to ESPN that he is actively pursuing Everton defender John Stones.

The 22-year-old centre-back has been linked with a move away from Everton for much of the summer, with Man City the most likely destination it would seem.

Everton's John Stones

It was reported by The Sun a little earlier in the week that the former Barcelona coach would launch a £50 million bid for the Everton starlet, which could make him the most expensive English player in the history of the game.

Nevertheless, the City manager admitted that Stones was a target, but conceded that he did not know whether the move from the Toffees was going to materialise.

"It's a player from Everton. Everybody knows we're going to try [sign him]," he told ESPN. "I don't know what's going to happen."

Everton's John Stones looks dejected

Just like last season, the Stones saga is beginning to drag on a bit and manager Ronald Koeman will want his future resolved one way or the other as soon as possible.

It is a major distraction for the Everton boss and his players, and the Dutch coach will be hoping a resolution will come before the Toffees' Premier League curtain raiser with Tottenham on August 13.

New manager Ronald Koeman during the press conferenceNew manager Ronald Koeman during the press conference

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