Manchester City have rarely shied away from signing players from other Premier League clubs in recent years.
The Citizens have seen players such as Riyad Mahrez, Jack Grealish and Kyle Walker among others move to the Etihad Stadium, all for a rather hefty transfer fee.
Another player the club have signed with a top rival is John Stones, who joined in a £47.5million move from Everton in August 2016.
Since then, the England international has made 195 appearances for the Cityzens in all competitions. During that span, the 28-year-old has scored 12 goals, provided two assists and won numerous domestic trophies along the way.
Last August the defender put pen to paper on a bumper new five-year deal worth £250,000-a-week to keep him at the Etihad until the summer of 2026, showing how how much he is appreciated at the club.
Now that the summer transfer window is fast approaching, it looks like Pep Guardiola’s side have the chance once again to replicate a type of masterclass similar to the one they achieved in signing Stones.
A few days ago, the Daily Mail reported that City ‘watched’ Everton centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite for a potential move.
Man City’s next John Stones?
Signed from Carlisle United in 2020, Branthwaite made just 13 senior appearances for the Toffees after completing a loan spell with Blackburn Rovers last season.
Having joined Everton from a lower league club, it shows the teenager is largely following in the footsteps of Stones, who the Merseyside club signed from Barnsley in 2013.
In 10 games on loan at Blackburn in the Championship, the 19-year-old left the Lancashire club with the highest average for steals (2.3) and highest for tackles per game (2.3) , highlighting what a capable defender he is. at such a young age.
Labeled a ‘confident’ player who ‘never loses control’ according to former Toffees manager Carlo Ancelotti, who guided Real Madrid to Champions League glory last week, Branthwaite certainly appears to have the potential to be a capable player for City’s first team in the future.
If Guardiola sees enough in the Everton youngster to believe he can be a star for the Premier League champions, then the Cityzens hierarchy should trust the manager and do whatever they can to bring him on. the Etihad and potentially see him become their next Stones.
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