Report: Arteta wants £47.5m Manchester City player at Arsenal

manager Mikel Arteta of Arsenal FC reaction during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal FC at Selhurst Park on January 11, 2020 in London, United Kingdom.

Arsenal are reportedly keen on Manchester City defender John Stones.

John Stones of Manchester City looks on during the FA Cup Third Round match between Manchester City and Port Vale at Etihad Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Manchester, England.

According to The Sun, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is keen to bring Manchester City defender John Stones to North London.

It's claimed that Stones would be keen to discuss a move, even if only on loan as he wants guaranteed playing time ahead of EURO 2020.

Arteta and Stones share an agency, which could help matters, whilst the Arsenal boss of course knows Stones well from his time as Manchester City assistant.

 

Arsenal need to improve their centre back options, and Stones could be an option despite still having two-and-a-half years left on his deal.

Arteta would no doubt love the England international to make the move to Arsenal, as he's well-drilled in Pep Guardiola's style of play, and would be great at bringing the ball out from the back.

Yet it's hard to see City agreeing to a loan exit for their £47.5million defender at this stage, as they're only just about to get Aymeric Laporte back from injury.

manager Mikel Arteta of Arsenal FC reaction during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal FC at Selhurst Park on January 11, 2020 in London, United Kingdom.

They were left woefully short when the Frenchman went down in August, and they would risk enduring the same again if they let Stones see out the season with the Gunners.

A summer deal for cash seems more likely, and having failed to really kick on in four years at City, Stones may well have to think about leaving the Etihad Stadium this year.

John Stones of Manchester City looks dejected following Manchester United's second goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on...

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