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Real Madrid eye shock move for Manchester City defender John Stones

Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling are in Real's sights – but Stones is only one they stand chance of netting

Real Madrid are reportedly targeting FOUR Manchester City stars.

Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling are in Real’s sights – but John Stones is the only one they stand a realistic chance of getting.

Manchester City could allow John Stones to leave this summer

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Manchester City could allow John Stones to leave this summer

Manchester Evening News report that Los Blancos are keen on the quartet, along with Liverpool’s Mo Salah, as they prepare for a summer rebuild.

President Florentino Perez is fuming that his club are sat 15 points behind Liga leaders Barcelona and is said to be considering replacing manager Zinedine Zidane.

Whether Zidane has any input or not, the Champions League semi-finalists also appear to be looking at how to strengthen a team that face a fight to finish ahead of city rivals Atletico in La Liga.

And it is a measure of City’s supremacy in England that the back-to-back European champions are eyeing a number of their stars.


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John Stones has been relegated to fourth-choice centre-back at Manchester City

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John Stones has been relegated to fourth-choice centre-back at Manchester City

Pep Guardiola has talked up Stones but could allow the defender to leave Man City

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Pep Guardiola has talked up Stones but could allow the defender to leave Man City

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According to the report, City will reject any advances for their Double-winning stars.

But SunSport understands that City COULD part with Stones this summer as Pep Guardiola chases another centre-back.

Aymeric Laporte was brought in for a club-record £57m in January as Stones was relegated to fourth-choice.

While boss Guardiola has always publicly talked up Stones, it is believed that the Catalan would reluctantly allow the player to leave for the good of his own career.

Stones had been widely praised for his development under Guardiola but the City boss now wants to sign another centre-half this summer to compete with injury-prone skipper Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi and Laporte.

As Stones approaches his 24th birthday next month, it is understood that Guardiola does not feel he has improved sufficiently to make him a first-team regular.