Man City transfer bid for Everton ace imminent following shock exit demands

According to reports from ESPN, Manchester City are set to launch a transfer bid for Everton defender John Stones.

Despite not making a single appearance at Euro 2016, the England international is rated as one of the most exciting young defenders in world football.

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Indeed, the 22-year-old offers unique speed and technique at the heart of defence and has been linked with a number of major Premier League clubs ahead of the summerwindow.

Manchester City appear particularly keen on the prodigious centre-half, especially after missing out on like-minded target Aymeric Laporte – who has signed a new contract at Athletic Bilbao.

And ESPN claim to have been informed by an unnamed source that City are now set to launch a bid for Stones, who the Toffees value at a staggering £50million.

It follows reports from The Daily Mail yesterday evening, claiming Stones has already informed the Goodison hierarchy that he wants to move to Manchester City.

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