Manchester United will have to break the British record for a defender to secure the services of Everton star John Stones.
This has been reported by the Manchester Evening News, who claim that the Red Devils will have to pay Everton as much as £45 million to lure the talented youngster away from Merseyside.
The same report claims that United are monitoring the England international ahead of a potential bid in the summer transfer window.
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Stones, 21, is recognised as one of the finest young talents in the Premier League, so it's not entirely surprising that Europe's elite clubs are interested in his signature. As well as Manchester United, the duo of Barcelona and Chelsea have also been linked with the defender recently.
It appears, then, that Everton are in a position of strength as they attempt tp keep Stones on Merseyside for the foreseeable future. However, the same report from MEN claims that the United hierarchy won't be put off by the Toffees' huge asking price.
£45m is a huge price to pay, of course, but there should be no underestimating Stones' potential in the game. The exceptional talent appears to be improving with every passing game, but he's by no means the finished article at this stage.
In Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, United chief Louis van Gaal has two of England's finest defenders at his disposal, with the former now looking the real deal in Manchester.
But Stones may well be even better than the aforementioned duo. The Everton man still has a great deal to prove, but he may well be a risk worth taking for the Red Devils in their pursuit of long-term success.
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