Stones is one of the best young English players currently in the Premier League, and Danny Murphy has told talkSPORT that a transfer away from Everton in the future seems inevitable, even if it does not happen this season.
He said: “I don’t think he needs to look further than the Euros. He needs a good season with Everton, stay fit and settled, and just cement his place in the England team. And then worry about what comes next. I think there will come a point when Everton as a club, not him as a player, when the money will become so high, and the price they can get for him, will make it impossible to keep ahold of him.”
Murphy does not believe Stones will be looking for a move away from Everton this season, despite the Telegraph claiming that Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester United are all hoping to sign him in January.
With Euro 2016 coming up, Murphy believes the 21-year-old would rather stay with the Toffees, with consistent Premier League football meaning he will establish himself in the England starting XI.
However, in the future, a move away from Goodison Park does seem inevitable, as Stones will become worth more and more with each impressive season he has behind him.
Murphy has admitted that it will come to a point when Everton will not be able to afford to keep ahold of Stones, with the transfer fee they could receive from his sale securing their financial security for many years.
Money does talk, and although Stones may not be the player pushing for a move in the future, it is hard to imagine the centre-back remaining on Merseyside for his entire career.