Manchester United are ready to steal a march on an out of sorts Chelsea by beating them to the signing of England star John Stones, report the Metro.
The 21-year old Everton defender has been linked with some of the most prestigious clubs on the continent after a series of top level performances as a ball playing centre-half.
Despite a series of big money bids from the fallen Premier League champions over the summer, the Toffees stood firm to retain the former Barnsley star.
European champions Barcelona have also been credited with an interest in Stones.
However, rumours persist over his future on Merseyside, and RMC Sport journalist Mohamed Bouhasi has claimed the Red Devils are determined to land the player.
The reporter is widely respected in France and was one of the first to break the story of United’s whopping bid for then Monaco star Anthony Martial over the summer.