Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is facing a big summer in the transfer window as he aims to put his own stamp on the squad he inherited from Mauricio Pcohettino.
The Spurs manager has seen his squad decimated with injuries since his arrival and he will want to ensure his squad is well-stocked to avoid a repeat next season.
Signings will need to be targeted at the back, in particular.
Although a backup striker for Harry Kane would be ideal, clean sheets have come all too infrequently for Mourinho.
Toby Alderweireld has penned a new deal but Jan Vertonghen could leave and the jury is still out on Davinson Sanchez.
With that in mind, Mourinho could do a lot worse than enter the race alongside Arsenal for Manchester City central defender John Stones.
It was reported earlier this month that the Gunners might be interested in a summer capture for the 25-year-old (Team Talk).
City want £50 million for their defender but that wouldn’t represent a bad price in today’s market.
Stones has won an impressive two Premier League titles, three League Cups and an FA Cup during his time at the Etihad Stadium.
During 2019/20 he has been forced into a watching brief though, playing just 20 times in all competitions.
Stones is a player who leads by example and with Tottenham shy of central defensive options, Mourinho should pounce.
The ex-Barnsley trainee wouldn’t be the most glamorous signing Spurs could make but he is certainly a capable performer.
He is strong in the air, fierce in the tackle and perhaps more crucially is comfortable playing out from the back.
Stones earns £100,000-a-week at City and that shouldn’t take him out of Tottenham’s price budget.
The chance to sign a proven Premier League performer shouldn’t be taken lightly by Mourinho.
He’d bolster the defensive ranks considerably, whilst he’d also stop their fierce rivals doing so with their squad.
The Tottenham boss might have other players in mind but he could do a lot worse than sign Stones in the summer.