The Toffees have reportedly set an asking price of £50m for clubs interested in signing John Stones – who seems set on a move away from Goodison PARK this summer.
City remain heavily interested in Stones’ services
Manchester City have been linked with a potential move for his signature since last year and Pep Guardiola seems intent on improving his defensive options. According to reports, they’ve already had a bid rejected for Juve’s Leonardo Bonucci and are eager to sign a ball-playing centre-back ahead of the forthcoming campaign.
Stones, who turned 22 at the end of May, is undoubtedly a talented player but had somewhat of a tough season last term. With scouts from Spain coming to watch the Englishman on a regular basis, criticism began to arise over his individual performances in an underwhelming Blues side last term.
Everton’s asking price a high fee
Apart from Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku, there were very few Everton players that came through the 2015/16 campaign with much merit – but Stones’ potential is very promising and he definitely has ability, as well as confidence in his capabilities. Something which is rare to see in a centre-back, he’ll be hoping that his future is sorted sooner rather than later so he can progress his development in peace.
He’s set to report back for pre-season training early next week after going on international duty with the England squad at this summer’s European Championships – he didn’t feature at all, and the Toffees will expect him to feature in their pre-season campaign as scheduled unless they receive an offer to potentially ponder from City, who seem frontrunners for his services.