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Man City must seek to replace linked-away Stones with £13.5m-rated ace this summer

Manchester City supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern after seeing their newly-crowned Premier League champions batter struggling Swansea City 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola’s men were confirmed as champions last weekend following Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to West Brom, and they certainly proved why they are the best team in the land with another scintillating display against the South Wales club on Sunday. Goals from David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, and Gabriel Jesus sealed a thumping victory for the Citizens, thus moving them to 90 points and within five of the record set by Chelsea back in 2004/05.

As such, there have been many delighted City supporters in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping that their team can indeed break records between now and the end of the season to further emphasise their club’s dominance of the Premier League this term.

In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Citizens fans to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that their side are considering offloading defender John Stones this summer.

And if they do indeed sanction the 23-year-old’s departure during the close season, they should seek to replace him with £13.5 million-rated ace Harry Maguire (as per Transfermarkt).

Ultimately, the 25-year-old has come on leaps and bounds since making the move to Leicester City last summer, starting all 34 of their Premier League games this term, in turn helping Claude Puel’s side to the top half of the division.

And this high level of consistency, which has seen the former Hull City defender go toe-to-toe with some of the toughest strikers in the league and indeed illustrate his efforts and composure on the ball, looks set to win him a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup this summer – in fact, Maguire is a likely starter in his back three.

And were City to indeed allow Stones, who is arguably one of the best defenders with the ball at his feet in the Premier League, to leave the club this summer, they will surely seek to replace him with somebody young and possessing a similar ability on the ball – Maguire could be that man.

Although probably not as comfortable as Stones on the ball, the 25-year-old is arguably a better defender in terms of aerial capabilities and strength in the tackle. And under Guardiola’s stewardship, he will surely only get better.

And in a Man City team that will be chasing back-to-back Premier League titles next season, and indeed that elusive Champions League crown, strength in depth in all areas of the squad is vital, and at the age of 25, Maguire would also be a nod to the future as well as the present.

Thus, if the Citizens do indeed let Stones go this summer, they simply must seek to replace him with his England international teammate Maguire.

Man City fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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