Manchester City are planning to increase their offer for Everton defender John Stones but they still won’t match his asking price.
New City boss Pep Guardiola is desperate to snare a centre-half and Stones is his top target.
Everton have placed a £50million price tag on the England international’s head and are refusing to budge on their valuation.
As yet, the Etihad Stadium outfit have refused to meet Everton’s demands but are planning an improved offer.
Reports indicate City plan to offer Wilfried Bony and £35million for the 22-year-old.
Everton are keen to add to their attack and have been linked with the Ivorian former Swansea forward of late, but it remains to be seen if they will be tempted by City’s player-plus-cash bid.
Last summer Everton made a statement by resisting Chelsea’s attempts to snare Stones and are seemingly doing the same with both City and Romelu Lukaku’s suitors, Chelsea, this year.
Stones is under contract until 2019 and as such the Goodison Park outfit may again be willing to stand firm on their valuation, rather than accept Bony as a makeweight, although it is understood that the defender is keen on a switch to Manchester.