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Football transfer rumours: John Stones to pick Manchester City over Barcelona?

Today’s fluff is bright and early

The day has finally arrived, the moment the Mill has been counting down to for weeks. Proof, at last, that English football is back on top. John Stones, the Future of Defending and perpetual resident of this fine column, has turned down the once great Barcelona. Messi? Pah. Neymar? No interest. Suárez? Could not care less. Instead Stones wants to roll down the M62 and join the Pep revolution at Manchester City, turning down a basic salary of £90,000 a week at Camp Nou and the chance to wear double denim to away games.

But such is the need to overhaul City’s defence, with their only half decent centre-half in constant calf knack trouble, Guardiola will still try to sign Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao regardless of the England defender’s potential move. Yaya Touré has shuffled slowly towards the exit at City, though, with nouveau riche (see who’s been learning French for the games ahead?) Internazionale hopeful of bringing the Ivorian to Serie A.

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