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Jul 282016
 
John Stones (left) could be worth more than the £49m Manchester City paid Liverpool for Raheem Sterling

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed he is interested in signing Everton defender John Stones.

It is thought Everton want £50m for the 22-year-old, who came close to joining Chelsea last summer.

“Everyone knows we are going to try,” said Guardiola after Thursday’s friendly win over Borussia Dortmund in China. “We will see what happens.”

Stones was part of the England squad at Euro 2016 but did not feature as they were knocked out in the last 16.

Guardiola added: “I am very happy with the squad we have.”

Stones has joined Everton on their pre-season tour of Germany, and although a deal is yet to be agreed it is thought the two Premier League clubs are not far apart in their valuations.

Stones made his debut for Barnsley in March 2012, 10 months before joining Everton for £3m.

City boss Guardiola has identified the Yorkshireman as the kind of central defender who fits his approach to the game.

“Normally central defenders are strong in the air and aggressive,” said Guardiola on Wednesday.

“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.

“That is why the players in that area need quality. By 31 August we will have the right squad to play how we want.”

Guardiola used midfielders Javier Mascherano and Javi Martinez as central defenders while managing Barcelona and Bayern Munich respectively.

And the Spaniard has identified a City midfielder who could step into the back four if required.

“Fernandinho can play in 10 positions,” he said.

“He is quick, fast, intelligent, aggressive. He is strong in the air and has the quality to play good build-up, can go right or left and can pass long.”

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Jul 282016
 
John Stones (left) could be worth more than the £49m Manchester City paid Liverpool for Raheem Sterling

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed he is interested in signing Everton defender John Stones.

It is thought Everton want £50m for the 22-year-old, who came close to joining Chelsea last summer.

“Everyone knows we are going to try,” said Guardiola after Thursday’s friendly win over Borussia Dortmund in China. “We will see what happens.”

Stones was part of the England squad at Euro 2016 but did not feature as they were knocked out in the last 16.

Guardiola added: “I am very happy with the squad we have.”

Stones has joined Everton on their pre-season tour of Germany, and although a deal is yet to be agreed it is thought the two Premier League clubs are not far apart in their valuations.

Stones made his debut for Barnsley in March 2012, 10 months before joining Everton for £3m.

City boss Guardiola has identified the Yorkshireman as the kind of central defender who fits his approach to the game.

“Normally central defenders are strong in the air and aggressive,” said Guardiola on Wednesday.

“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.

“That is why the players in that area need quality. By 31 August we will have the right squad to play how we want.”

Guardiola used midfielders Javier Mascherano and Javi Martinez as central defenders while managing Barcelona and Bayern Munich respectively.

And the Spaniard has identified a City midfielder who could step into the back four if required.

“Fernandinho can play in 10 positions,” he said.

“He is quick, fast, intelligent, aggressive. He is strong in the air and has the quality to play good build-up, can go right or left and can pass long.”

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Chelsea v Liverpool: Fabregas sent off for dangerous tackle in friendly

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas was shown a straight red card for a foul on new Liverpool signing Ragnar Klavan in a pre-season friendly in the US.

Fabregas, 29, saw red after 70 minutes at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl after catching Klavan with a dangerous follow through.

Chelsea were 1-0 winners on the night, with defender Gary Cahill heading in after 10 minutes following a corner.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp confirmed Fabregas went into Liverpool’s dressing room after the game to apologise.

New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte also apologised for the challenge but insisted it was not intentional.

“I think that the fatigue sometimes can bring a player to go too late,” he said.

“I know Fabregas is a good man, a good boy and is not a player to have this type of situation. I’m sorry for him, I’m sorry for the Liverpool player.”

Chelsea were facing Liverpool as part of the International Champions Cup tournament

Klopp, meanwhile, has concerns over another new signing, Marko Grujic, after the midfielder was taken to hospital with suspected concussion.

Grujic suffered a collision with Bertrand Traore towards the end of the first half.

“The biggest problem for me in this moment is that Marko Grujic is in hospital, because he cannot remember anything. That’s not too cool,” added Klopp.

“Hopefully it’s not too serious. Injuries after games like this in pre-season is the biggest problem.”

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Mamadou Sakho made 35 appearances for Liverpool last season

Defender Mamadou Sakho’s banishment from Liverpool’s pre-season tour is “not that serious” according to manager Jurgen Klopp.

The 26-year-old France international was sent home on Tuesday after being late on three separate occasions.

“We have some rules and we have to respect them,” said Klopp.

“After eight days, when we come back, we can talk. But it’s not that serious. We had no argument. You cannot argue when only one person is speaking.”

It had emerged in a club video