Report: Manchester City could spend more than £50 million on Stones

Everton's John Stones

The Everton defender has been linked with a move to Manchester City all summer.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is presented to the fansManchester City manager Pep Guardiola is presented to the fans

According to the Mirror, Manchester City are now willing to spend above £50 million to sign Everton star John Stones.

The defender has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park all summer, with Manchester City chief among his suitors.

It is believed that new manager Pep Guardiola sees the England international as the perfect addition to his defence for next season.

Everton's John StonesEverton's John Stones

Ronald Koeman’s side are not keen to see him leave on the cheap though and have slapped a £50 million asking price on his head.

Recent reports have suggested that Manchester City were unwilling to meet that fee and were instead attempting to negotiate a player plus cash deal.

Everton's John Stones looks dejectedEverton's John Stones looks dejected

However, the Mirror now reports that they have changed their stance and could even look to go beyond the £50 million asking price to secure his signature.

According to the newspaper, they had wanted him on their pre-season tour of China, and that is still a possibility if they can thrash out a deal in the coming days.

Everton are happy to sell him should their asking price be met with Ronald Koeman simply set to look for a replacement.

Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright and new manager Ronald Koeman during the press conferenceEverton Chairman Bill Kenwright and new manager Ronald Koeman during the press conference

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