Manchester City are expected to confirm the signing of Everton defender John Stones this week - but it appears UEFA have already beaten them to it.
UEFA’s website have named City’s Champions League squad and, in between Gael Clichy and Jason Denayer, there sits Stones.
The England international is expected to cost City around £50 million - a record fee paid for a defender - while UEFA have also revealed the squad number he’ll be taking at the Etihad Stadium.
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According to multiple screenshots which, to UEFA’s embarrassment, have been shared across social media this morning, Stones will wear the No. 24 shirt.
There is no place in City’s Champions League squad for Wilfried Bony or Eliaquim Mangala.
Stones now a Man City player?
Is this why Stones has already been registered?
City play Steaua Bucharest in play-off round
Guardiola’s side take on Steaua Bucharest in their two-legged Champions League play-off round.
The first match takes place next Tuesday, with the second leg taking place at the Etihad on August 24.
Guardiola is a fan of John Stones
Stones’ signature is a coup for Guardiola, who likes his centre-backs to be assured in possession and capable of distributing the ball over both long and short distances.
The 22-year-old has attracted criticism for his tendency to take risks during matches, but Guardiola clearly admires the youngster’s confidence as much as his talent and immense potential.
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