Arteta is chasing a raid on his former club this summer.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is reportedly set to step up his pursuit of the transfer of Manchester City defender John Stones.
According to Team Talk, City look prepared to let Stones go for the same kind of fee they paid to sign him – £50million.
The report adds that Arteta believes he could play a key role in persuading the player he worked with at the Etihad Stadium to now link up with him at the Emirates next season.
£50m for Stones looks a bit much given his drop in form in recent times, but there’s no doubt the England international is a top talent and, at the age of 25, still has time to turn his career around.
Our defensive issues mean Stones would have less trouble playing regularly if he were to make the move to north London, and that could boost his confidence and get him back to his best.
Meanwhile, we’d benefit hugely from a signing like Stones if he were to get back to his highest level, as he’d surely be a major upgrade on unconvincing performers like David Luiz, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi.
Hopefully, he will be a good signing which ever way when he is signed…
I think that would be a good signing
Not a major upgrade at all, he’s prone to errors, he’s not better than mustafi, the £50mil can be used to sign upamecano, or a creative midfielder like maddison or grealish instead of wasting money on a player that’s not better than our current set of defenders.
stone?why not gravel?that guy is over rated
We need a playmaker sir currently we have Pablo and Saliba coming in…. Mustafi, Holdings and Chambers are almost at par with Stones for $50m
Maybe on loan??
The only player I think we need more now is T. Partey (ATL) Defensive M..
Kassie (AC Milan).
We are Okay in other aspects..
Arteta has seen this disaster at close range, i dont get these stories, they are made up. Stones isnt worth 5mil let alone 50mil, this is all made up media rubbish, click bait or whatever you want to call it. There is no way we will be paying 50 mil for a defender this summer and no way we will get that joker Stones, injury and mistake prone, dont believe the fictitious stories.