Manchester City are ready to turn their long-standing interest in Everton defender John Stones into a formal bid, according to the Telegraph today.
City are preparing a ‘firm bid’ for the 22-year-old defender, who is currently on duty with England at Euro 2016. Crucially, according to article author Matt Law, Everton are open to a deal as they believe it would be detrimental to keep Stones against his wishes for a second successive year.
Centre-back Stones handed in a transfer request last summer in an attempt to join Chelsea, but Everton refused to sanction a sale. He is said to be very keen on the idea of working with Pep Guardiola.
Stones is valued at around £40 million by Everton, a large fee considering his inconsistency last season in a dodgy Everton defence, but Guardiola is a big fan of the ball-playing defender and believes he can develop him into a top player.
Despite Stones being away in France with the England squad, the Telegraph reports that talks have already taken place between City and Everton over a deal.
Manchester United, now managed by Jose Mourinho, who tried to sign Stones for Chelsea last summer, are also interested, but having missed out on Aymeric Laporte, Guardiola has stepped up his interest in the Englishman.
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