Manchester United have made contact with Everton over a potential deal for John Stones, according to the Mirror.
The Toffees defender has emerged as one of the most promising youngsters in England over the last season, and he has already earned a call-up to the senior England squad.
Chelsea have already had one offer of around £20 million for the 21-year-old turned down, however the Blues are willing to go up to £30 million to secure his services.
SIGN UP NOW
Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250 word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay4
The transfer has threatened to turn sour after Jose Mourinho gave an interview suggesting that Everton haven't shut the door on doing a deal altogether, while Everton manager Roberto Martinez has spoken out about his anger at the bid for Stones.
It looks as though the whole saga could change, with the Mirror reporting that Manchester United view Stones as an option to improve their backline.
The Red Devils have tried and failed to land a world-class defender so far this summer having been heavily linked with moves for both Nicolas Otamendi and Sergio Ramos.
Real Madrid are refusing to let Ramos leave and Valencia want Manchester United to meet Otamendi's £50 million release clause in order to sell up.
According to the Mirror, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal feels confident he can land Stones ahead of Chelsea because of the ill-feeling at Everton towards the reigning Premier League champions, who they feel have tried to unsettle Stones. Defender Jonny Evans could be used as a make-weight too.