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SPORTS

Everton manager Ronald Koeman slaps Pep Guardiola over Stones bid

SPORTS By Mirror | July 14th 2016
New Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola

Everton will slap a world-record fee for a defender on John Stones’ head.

The Merseysiders are preparing for an imminent bid from Manchester City as Pep Guardiola aims to step up his Sky Blue revolution.

The current record stands at the £50million Paris Saint-Germain paid Chelsea for David Luiz in June 2014.

But Everton will tell City that negotiations will only start at that £50m figure, and the fee could be pushed higher than that.

Everton's John Stones while at Chelsea.

It is thought the Etihad club will make a formal offer for the 22-year-old England international as early as this weekend, with suggestions from within the club that the offer will match the £40m approach Chelsea made last season.

New Everton boss Ronald Koeman will hold out for much more as he looks to raise the cash to sign a top-class replacement.

The Toffees have been pursuing Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly , but have been quoted almost £50m - and that’s why Everton see Stones as a record-breaking sale.

New Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is also a big fan of Stones and tried to sign the England centre-back for Chelsea last summer.

Stones has made it clear he wants to leave, but he will have to wait while a deal that will make him the most expensive English player ever - topping the £49m City paid last summer for Liverpool's Raheem Sterling - is thrashed out.

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