Eventually, they reached a compromise of a £47.5m – giving Barnsley just over £7.1m.
So Everton still banked £40m, which was their target and made up for the loss of the stylish Stones.
That meant everyone was happy – Stones, City, Everton and Barnsley.
And the Oakwell conveyor belt of talent is continuing. Mason Holgate, 19, is in the plans of new Everton boss Ronald Koeman after moving from Barnsley last year.
And a player still at Oakwell – James Bree, 18, – interests both Man United and Sunderland.