Manchester City have made a final £40 million bid for Everton defender John Stones and have told their Premier League rivals that they will not increase their offer further, according to The Telegraph.
Pep Guardiola is believed to be a major suitor of the England international, with the Etihad Stadium outfit pursuing the centre-half all summer long.
However, it is believed that the potential for a deal to happen has reached a crescendo, with a disagreement over a transfer fee.
City are not willing to meet Everton’s £50 million valuation and have put the ball in the Toffees’ court, stating that they either accept £40 million or the deal is off.
Stones’ ability on the ball is believed to be a major factor that Guardiola likes the Everton star, but City could well have to turn their attentions to other targets should the Goodison Park club not move on their asking price for the defender.