By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Sports broadcaster Alan Brazil has claimed that John Stones will complete a transfer to Manchester City this summer.
The well-connected former Tottenham and Manchester United striker said on his eponymously-named talkSPORT show on Wednesday morning that the deal is “done”.
This comes after Football Insider reported on Tuesday night that Stones had made his mind up regarding his future amid reports of a £50million bid from City.
Brazil was speaking to co-host Ray Parlour about the increasing speculation surrounding the England international.
In his round-up of the main transfer stories, Parlour said: “There are lots of reports about Stone and Man City. You heard that a few weeks ago, didn’t you Al?”
Brazil replied: “It’s done, all done. That’s what I heard.”
City are preparing to pay a fee which would double the Toffees record transfer fee received and it looks increasingly inevitable that the 22-year-old will to move to the Etihad Stadium.
Chelsea made three bids for Stones last summer of up to £35million, but new boss Pep Guardiola has earmarked the 22-year-old as a key part of his revolution and is willing to meet the Goodison Park club’s demands.
Barcelona and Manchester United have also been chasing the England centre-back, but City are reportedly confident that their willingness to spend so big has effectively made it a one horse race.
The highest sum Everton have received was £27million when Marouanne Fellaini joined Manchester United in 2013, with the possibility growing that this deal could double it.
The centre-back still has three years left on his current deal after joining from Barnsley in the 2013 January transfer window for £2million.
But Everton are resigned to losing their prize asset, who is almost certain to have communicated his intention to quit to club chiefs.
Stones has shown flashes of potential throughout a tumultuous season for Everton, playing in 41 games in all competitions but he did not figure for England at Euro 2016 after being omitted in favour of Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill.
Toffees fans may have cause for concern though if the 10-time England capped defender was to move on as it would leave just two experienced central defenders at the club, Phil Jagielka and Ramiro Funes Mori.