According to a report from the Sun, Arsenal and Everton will battle it out to try and sign John Stones from Man City this summer.
The England man has seen his time with City littered with inconsistencies, in terms of both his form and the injuries he has picked up along the way.
And now, it looks like clubs are looking to test the water with Pep Guardiola, with the Gunners and Toffees both apparently keen on signing the 26-year-old.
It appears a cut-price deal could be on the cards for either buying club. This, despite Stones costing City just shy of £50m around four years ago.
Pep Guardiola has decided to use other options this term ahead of the England man. The likes of Garcia, Otamendi, and even Fernandinho have been selected at centre-back ahead of him.
There is no mention of a fee as things stand. But Arsenal will hope for a bargain deal given the current financial climate, while Everton will hope to tempt their former player back to Goodison Park.
Stones has to move on, he could make his mark at either club with less pressure – TBR View
There’s definitely a brilliant player in there with John Stones but maybe the pressure of playing for Guardiola and City has become too much for him over time? Of course, there’s no shame in that.
Sometimes players just need a fresh start. And with Stones, it could well be that this is a move that makes sense for the defender.
With the Euros next summer, Stones will want to be playing regularly and impressing. This, then, could be the ideal scenario for the former Barnsley man.
Stones has caught the eye around Europe in the past, with Inter Milan legend, Ivan Cordoba, once describing him as one of ‘the best in the world’.