John Stones is finally set to leave Everton and join Manchester City after the former Premier League champions bid a record-breaking £53m, according to The Sun.
Stones was seriously linked with a move away from Goodison Park last summer, with Chelsea bidding as much as £38m but the Tofees refused to play ball, which forced the young defender to spend another season at the club.
It is however believed that he has never hidden his desire to play for a bigger club, and new Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola being a huge fan, is said to have sanctioned a bid of £53m.
While it remains uncertain if Everton will now let go of their prized asset, but it is understood the City hierarchy are confident the Merseyside club cannot turn down such a huge offer.
If the deal happens, it would make the England international the most expensive defender in history – with former Chelsea man David Luiz currently holding that honour after his £50m move to Paris Saint-Germain in 2014.
Stones has already featured 10 times for the Three Lions despite not seeing a single minute of action at the just concluded Euros, but he is seen as a future England captain.