Manchester City’s chances of signing John Stones have taken a boost after talks with Everton reopened, according to The Sun.
It is reported that both clubs had a fruitful first set of discussions, with City now willing to meet Everton’s demand for the central defender.
Discussions had been put on hold earlier after Everton, with their new owner Farhad Moshiri insisted on City meeting their £50m valuation of the player.
Reports say City were not willing to go beyond £40m, which was what Chelsea tabled for the 22-year old last summer, which made talks to stall but with the Etihad club now willing to meet Everton’s demands, talks have resumed and it is now looking like the England defender will swap the blue of Everton to the sky blue of Manchester City.
City are also believed to be keen on having Stones on their pre-season tour of China and while that looks a bit off at the moment, but it can work out if a deal can be struck within the next few days.
Stones has not hidden his desire to quit the Merseyside club, as he handed in a transfer request last summer as Chelsea came close to signing him and reports now say he has been withdrawn from Everton’s test match against his former side Barnsley today.