Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is presented to the fans
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 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 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 conference