By Alex Taylor
Manchester City will have to pay £50million in order to land Everton star John Stones this summer, according to a report.
The BBC claim that Pep Guardiola’s side will have to stump up £10million more than Chelsea’s £40million bid last summer for the 22-year-old.
It is a figure that would not only make Stones Britain’s most expensive-ever defender but would be the record sum paid by a Premier League club for a British player.
The current record belongs to Raheem Sterling, who joined City for £49million last summer from Liverpool.
This figure is only £6million short of the club-record fee City paid to entice Kevin de Bruyne from Wolfsburg last summer.
New Everton manager Ronald Koeman will be keen to hold on to one of the Toffees brightest young stars.
Blues owner Farhad Moshiri has brought a new-found financial stability to the club that could allow Everton to reject even the most lucrative of offers.
However, Pep Guardiola has identified the young centre-back as one of his key summer targets as he steps up his revolution of the City squad that has already been bolstered by the signings of Nolito and Ilkay Gundogan.
TheBBC report says that any money Everton receive in a transfer for Stones will go straight into Koeman’s transfer kitty as he looks to take his new side back into Europe next season.
If Stones were to leave the club it could create even more headaches for the Dutch manager who has only just found a replacement for Tim Howard, completing the signing of Maarten Stekelenburg from Fulham on Friday.
In other Everton news, the Toffees have signed teenage defender Nathan Baxter from Dutch outfit Vitesse Arnhem.