Arsenal are monitoring John Stones’s situation and have been asked to be kept informed if Manchester City decide that they are willing to let the centre-back leave, according to Eurosport.
Stones has been something of a peripheral figure for Pep Guardiola’s men this season. He has made just two starts in the Premier League.
The most recent start came at the weekend. And he did produce an impressive display as City stormed to a 5-0 win. However, his future remains uncertain.
According to Eurosport, several clubs are monitoring Stones’s situation. And one of those is apparently Arsenal.
It is claimed that the Gunners want to be kept informed about the 26-year-old’s availability. And they would be keen to make contact if he can leave next month.
TBR View: Stones move would be a gamble for Gunners
Stones is clearly a very talented player. And it would be foolish to suggest that he could not be an inspired signing for most Premier League sides should he seal a move in January.
However, it is surely fair to argue that it would be a gamble for Mikel Arteta to make a move next month.
He has come in for criticism during his time at the Etihad Stadium. And it is arguably telling that he has not been able to stamp his authority on a place in a Manchester City defence that has struggled at times.
So even if City are prepared to take a substantial loss, he will not come cheap.
Arsenal have some impressive defensive options right now. So any money Arteta has to spend in January should surely go on strengthening other areas of the squad.