Manchester City are believed to be ready to fork out £50 million to sign highly rated defender John Stones from Everton.
The 22-year-old was part of England’s EURO 2016 squad but didn’t see a minute of action behind first choice centre backs Gary Cahill and Chris Smalling.
With doubts around Vincent Kompany’s durability and the reliability of both Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala, Stones would add more depth to centre of defence.
While at Everton, Stones has been lauded for his ability on the ball but has been guilty of being a bit too casual at times.
Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea have also been chasing Stones, but City are confident that their willingness to spend so big on the England international has effectively made it a one-horse race for his signature.
City also believe Stones has already made his mind up that he wants to move to the Etihad, with sources in the England camp claiming it was an open secret during Euro 2016.
The current record British transfer fee for a defender is the £34 million that Manchester United paid for Rio Ferdinand when he moved to Old Trafford from Leeds United back in 2002.
City have been busy in the transfer market already this summer with both Nolito and Ilkay Gundogan joining the club from Celta Vigo and Borussia Dortmund respectively.
John Stones has told Everton he wants to leave for City, with a formal bid imminent. Everton want £50m. [Express] pic.twitter.com/YBi2hBut5m
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