The City manager insists the club are ‘trying’
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola claims that the club are in talks with Everton centre-back John Stones.
It is believed that the Toffees want at least £50 million for the 22-year old England international.
Stones nearly joined Chelsea last summer, but the Goodison Park side stood firm and kept their man for 2015/16 Premier League season.
“Everyone knows we are going to try, we will see what happens,” said Guardiola after his side’s friendly win over Borussia Dortmund in China.
“Normally central defenders are strong in the air and aggressive, but we need to have a good build-up to create easy passes in the midfield so they can create good passes for the strikers.
“I believe when the ball goes from the central defender to the striker as quickly as possible, it comes as quickly as possible back,” he added.
“That is why the players in that area need quality. By 31 August we will have the right squad to play how we want.”