Everton are demanding a fee of £50million for their star player John Stones, according to the Daily Mail. Stones has expressed his desire to the club that he’d like a move to Manchester City but knows his potential suitors need to pay up.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola identified Stones as his main defensive target this summer as he looks for a complete revamp of his new side. The club have already failed in signing Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte and are getting their bids rejected by Juventus for Leonardo Bonucci.
Chelsea were perpetually trying to bring in the 22-year old into the club last summer but failed with a £38million bid. Despite a new British-Iranian billionaire owner Farhad Moshiri, Stones has informed boss Ronald Koeman of his desire to leave to the Etihad Stadium. This has prompted Koeman to create a shortlist of replacements including Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann and FC Porto centre-back Bruno Martin Indis.
Stones moved to Everton from Barnsley in January 2013 for a fee of £3million. Since then he has made 69 Premier League appearances for the Toffees. If he joins Manchester City for the reported fee, then he’d be the most expensive British defender.