£50 million star set to leave Manchester City this summer

£50 million star set to leave Manchester City this summer

Manchester City are willing to set defender John Stones leave the club this summer, according to reports. 

The England international has fallen out of favour at The Etihad since the arrival of Aymeric Laporte in January.

Stones has not started a Premier League match since January, although City say he has been out with an adductor muscle injury for the past few weeks.

And while Guardiola is still understood to be a fan of the 23-year-old, he accepts Stones is not yet ahead of the competition in his squad and could let him leave City for the good of his own career

Should he leave City, few clubs are likely to be able to afford him however, with the Cityzens keen to recoup most, if not all, of the near-£50 million paid for him two years ago.

Add into that a wage packet of £100,000 per week and Stone is a commodity few could afford.

Amongst those that could however are both Arsenal and Liverpool.

Whoever replaces Arsene Wenger in the summer at Arsenal are expected to make money to spend to try and turn the club’s fortunes around – with defender’s highest on the priority list at The Emirates.

Liverpool too are looking to sure up their own back-line, and still have money to spend after having sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January for £145 million.