Arsenal handed ‘unexpected boost’ in bid to sign defender as Man City close in on Ake deal
Arsenal may have received an unexpected boost in their pursuit of John Stones, as Manchester City are closing in on his replacement.
A relatively inexperienced Mikel Arteta has offered cause for optimism through the early months of his reign, but is considered to have a sizeable rebuilding job on his hands, with improving that back-line a big issue this summer.
And that has led to speculation in the media over the past few days that the Spaniard may raid his former club in order to land the technically gifted Stones, who is seemingly done at the Etihad.
Stones has barely featured for City this season, partly down to injuries, and it seems that Pep Guardiola has now decided that fresh meat needs to be added to the back, because City are on the verge of snapping up Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake for £35m.
Ake has been brilliant for Bournemouth this season and his performances are up there with the best in the League, despite the position of the Cherries, and City have made their first move to try and get a deal done.
And if that deal goes through, it will mean that Arsenal will be able to swoop in and try to get Stones for a very small fee, as City will look to recoup the money they will be spending on landing Ake.
Stones is brilliant on the ball and is a top-class defender that shouldnt be sitting on the bench, so if there is an opportunity to sign him up in the summer for the right amount of money, Arsenal should make the move.
Arsenal need to add a bit of experience to the side, and although Stones does have his faults at the back, he is a man that will come in and help Arteta play the kind of football that he is hoping to play in the coming seasons, he would be a decent signing.
But as we said, only for the right money.