MANCHESTER, England (AP) Manchester City has signed England center back John Stones for a reported 50 million pounds ($65 million) in the Premier League club’s latest expensive attempt to improve the team’s defense.
[ MORE: What’s the next move for Juan Mata? ]
City announced the transfer on Tuesday, saying Stones has signed a six-year deal. He is City’s eighth offseason signing under new coach Pep Guardiola.
Stones, a ball-playing defender, wasn’t even a regular for Everton last season.
The 22-year-old Stones says: “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.”
The announcement came after UEFA listed Stones in City’s squad for the Champions League playoff round even before the defender had publicly completed the move.