Manchester City defender John Stones could emerge as a transfer target for both Evertonl and Tottenham this summer, according to The Telegraph.
Rivals Arsenal are also thought to be monitoring the situation, with the England man way down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium.
Pep Guardiola has said he will sit down with the 26-year-old at the end of the season, with the Spaniard viewing him as the fifth choice for a large part of the current campaign.
As a result, he is unlikely to come cheap to any potential suitor but given his pedigree, he could prove ideal for several top-flight clubs.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho will almost certainly pursue a centre-back. Toby Alderweireld is firmly established but he could lose Jan Vertonghen at the end of the season with no new deal forthcoming.
Stones was a vital part of the England team that reached the World Cup semi-final in 2018 but since then his club football has suffered.
He has found himself down the pecking order, failing to make the bench for three of City’s five games since the restart.
Arsenal will also be looking for a centre-back during the summer and boss Mikel Arteta knows all about Stones.
He spent time working alongside the defender during his time as Guardiola’s assistant at City.
The Gunners might not have the financial clout of Spurs, however, and with European football in doubt, Mourinho might hold the aces.
A return to Everton would be a long shot. Carlo Ancelotti will look for reinforcements across the pitch but the numbers might prove too much for the Toffees to consider this summer.
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Mourinho is still facing a battle to prove himself to some Tottenham supporters and he must get his summer recruitment spot on.
Stones might not be the biggest name to appease his cynics but he is reliable and proven at Premier League level.
Mourinho gets some bad press for his negative style of play. With that in mind, there might be some doubts over whether Stones’ ball-playing role fits with the boss’ system.
With Champions League football looking unlikely though, attracting an elite central defender might prove tricky.
As a result, Stones might prove a useful addition for Spurs.