According to reports from The Times, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is looking at rebuilding the squad in the summer transfer window.
He feels Manchester City needs to bring right profile players and invest in the squad to win back the title from Liverpool next season.
Spaniard and City are in a meeting to examine which player should split the club, claims the report. To sign a central defender is a compulsion, says Guardiola, after losing 23 points to Jürgen Klopp’s side.
While the club is giving attention to offers for John Stones, City is eager in clearing Argentine defender Nicolas Otamendi.
In 2016 the 26-year-old was the second most valued defender in the world back then as he joined Everton with City for a reported £47.5 m fee.
Stones has earned two titles in the Premier League and in all competitions for City he has made more than 125 impressions.
Guardiola is looking to unload Stones who has made only 12 appearances in the Premier League this season.
Newcastle United will see the news come as a huge boost.
Newcastle and Magpies were keen to sign the City defender, claimed Nicolo Schira, a credible journalist and transfer expert back in May.
On Wednesday in the Premier League, the Magpies secured their place with a great 4-1 win over Bournemouth.
The transfer strategy for Newcastle will depend largely on whether the takeover is going to go through as Stones would be a great signing for them.