Manchester City could offer THREE players in an attempt to lure John Stones away from Everton, according to the Daily Mirror.
Neil Moxey in the Sunday People claims the Etihad giants are now leading the way in the chase for the gifted 21-year old defender.
The England international was the subject of numerous bids from Chelsea over the summer, though his current employers stood firm to keep him at Goodison Park.
Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona have all been credited with an interest.
However, the report suggests City could offer Jesus Navas, Wilfried Bony and Eliaquim Mangala in an attempt to broker a deal.
The aforementioned trio cost the club around £75m, though have all struggled to break the first-team since big money moves.
It is understood that the Manchester club hope by offering players in exchange for the Toffees star, the Merseyside outfit will be more inclined to sell what is becoming a prized asset.