Aug 10, 2016

    Stones named in City squad though no deal is inked yet

    MANCHESTER City look set to sign Everton defender John Stones after the England international was included in their squad for a Champions League play-off against Steaua Bucharest on Uefa's official website.

    City were required to submit their final list of players for the European tie before midnight on Tuesday. He was named as part of Pep Guardiola's squad even though his anticipated move is yet to be officially announced.

    "We have checked with the club and the player is in the squad," a Uefa spokesman told the Guardian yesterday.

    "We received all of the squad lists from the clubs before midnight and submitted them to our website which is the standard procedure."

    Guardiola has made signing Stones one of his top priorities since taking charge at City in the close season.

    Everton's desire to secure the biggest possible fee has dragged out the negotiations.

    They thwarted Chelsea's persistent attempts to sign Stones last season.

    It is believed they told the 22-year-old he would be allowed to leave this year if they received a suitable bid.

    City's initial £40 million (S$70 million) offer was rejected but talks have continued.

    The surprise news that he has been listed as the team's number 24 player on Uefa's website suggests the deal will finally go through soon.

    City will play Steaua Bucharest in the first leg on Aug 16.

    Their first Premier League fixture is at home to Sunderland on Saturday