Despite coming under criticism for his ball-playing instincts last season, the 22-year-old is still rated as one of the most exciting young players in the Premier League.
Indeed, the 6 foot 2 defender boasts rare agility and technique for an English centre-half and is accordingly being touted by some of the biggest clubs in Europe, including Manchester United and Barcelona.
But according to Manchester Evening News, Manchester City are now set to accelerate their interest in the England international now that the Three Lions’ participation in Euro 2016 has come to an end.
Roy Hodgson didn’t issue Stones a single minute of game-time before England suffered a shock defeat at the hand of Iceland in the Round of 16.
The former Barnsley youngster is widely expected to leave Goodison Park this summer, in a transfer that could be worth more than £45million.