Real Madrid have joined the queue of clubs for the signature of young England defender John Stones and will make a move for him in the summer if their appeal to lift their transfer ban is successful.
According to reports in England and Spain, Real have been monitoring the 21-year since former coach Rafael Benitez alerted the club to his potential and are expected to launch a formal bid if their transfer ban is lifted.
They will join a queue that includes other top European sides that have shown interest in the young center-back, with both Manchester clubs, Chelsea and rivals Barcelona all understood to be interested.
Chelsea came close to signing him last summer but their £38m bid was flatly rejected by Everton, despite the player handing in a transfer request but it is understood they still maintain a strong interest in him.
Barcelona have also watched him as recently as their 2-2 draw against Chelsea two games ago and are understood to be readying a bid in the summer as they see him as a perfect partner for Gerard Pique.
Real however see him as the perfect partner for Sergio Ramos and his long-term replacement.