According to reports in The Sun, Manchester City are ready to sell former Everton defender John Stones, who earns £100,000-a-week according to the article, at the end of the season, and Toffees fans want their club to re-sign the England international this summer.
The 23-year-old joined the Citizens in a £47.5m deal in 2016 and while he looked to have a bright future under Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium at one stage, he has slipped to fourth in the centre-back pecking order in recent months.
Meanwhile, their Premier League rivals from Merseyside are likely to prioritise strengthening their central defensive options this summer with Ashley Williams failing to impress and Phil Jagielka getting no younger, and the Goodison Park faithful would seemingly love to see Stones return.
Everton supporters, who praised Morgan Schneiderlin on Twitter for his display against Newcastle United on Monday night, were quick to have their say on the exit rumour via social media, and while one said “I would 100% take John Stones back at Everton tomorrow”, another said they would “have him back in a heartbeat”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Gunna throw this out there. I would 100% take John stones back at @Everton tomorrow
— ian stuart (@efcianefc) April 24, 2018
Does anyone out there seriously think John Stones isn’t a better player now than he was when he left Everton.
— Paul Johnson (@jonos1984) April 24, 2018
I'd have John Stones back at Everton. https://t.co/t5M5VlA7sR
— Phill™ (@Phill_Nuttall__) April 24, 2018
I’d have him at the right price
— Si the barber (@Sithebarberman) April 24, 2018
John stones up for sale at city. Have him back in a heart beat.
— Ben (@BT_1878) April 24, 2018
I'd take Stones & Barkley back in a heartbeat.
— Dave Graham (@Scouser_Dave) April 24, 2018