Premier League: Manchester City sign Everton defender John Stones

Manchester City have completed the signing of the defender they had been chasing all summer: Everton's John Stones moves to the Etihad Stadium for 47.5 million pounds. The heavy transfer fee makes John Stones the world's second most expensive defender. Brazilian David Luiz remains the most expensive defender in history following his transfer to French champions Paris St-Germain from Chelsea in 2014.

The 22-year-old England central defender has put pen to paper on a six-year contract with City, becoming their eighth signing of the summer. Before the transfer was confirmed by the two clubs, Manchester City had entered Stones in their squad for the Champions League, which was published on the UEFA website. Everton had rejected an offer worth 40 million pounds from Chelsea last summer, even though Stones had made a formal transfer request.

"It's an ambitious club with a great manager so I can't wait to get stuck in," Stones said. "I know it will be tough getting a place in this team but I'm determined to become the best player I can be and help us to success." He made 95 appearances for Everton in three seasons, scoring a goal. Some money will also go to his previous club, Barnsley, something between 7 and 9 million pounds.

City have already signed Ilkay Gundogan, Nolito, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Marlos Moreno, Aaron Mooy and Oleksandr Zinchenko this summer. Pep Guardiola and his men are 5/2 at Bet365 to win the Premier League title this season.

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    It is funny how Manchester City's board tried to hide this transfer for a bit, but UEFA site showed that John Stones is registered for upcoming Champions League qualification round as a City's player. Anyway to get back to the topic - as British medias was saying whole summer - John Stones becomes another overpaid homegrown player in Premier League. I understand why Man City wanted him this much, but Stones had bellow average last season in Everton and there is realistic chance that he becomes another Sterling in blue side of Manchester.

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