EXCLUSIVE: Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in £50m battle for John Stones

Mourinho had three bids of up to £40m rejected by the Toffeees last summer, who held firm to keep hold of one of their prize assets.

But Mourinho remains a huge admirer of the 22-year-old and knows he must strengthen his defence as he looks to rebuild a title-winning side at Old Trafford.

Mourinho has been given £200m to spend on new signings and is on a mission to bring in some marquee names.

Stones is on his list of targets along with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while Mourinho has already landed Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly in a £30m deal.

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