Everton ready to sell John Stones, Toffees lining up replacement

Everton manager Ronald Koeman will give the green light on signing £15 million-rated Wilfried Bony as part of the deal that will take John Stones to Manchester City, according to a report by The Sun.

Last week, it was claimed that the Citizens were confident of sealing the £50 million signing of the Everton defender, with terms set to be finalised as soon as possible, according to a report by the Daily Mail.

If this deal was agreed upon, Stones would have become the joined-most expensive defender in the world. At the moment, David Luiz is the lone holder of the record, having left Chelsea for Paris Saint-German in a massive £50 deal million in 2014.

However, the Citizens are now prepared to add Bony as part of the deal for the 22-year-old. The Ivory Coast international only joined City for £28 million in January 2015 but notched just six Premier League goals since.

Chelsea and Manchester United were also linked with a move for Stones, who’s projected to be the next star English defender, despite receiving a bunch of criticism and losing his starting spot at the Toffees last season.

Meanwhile, Everton are set to raise their offer for Sunderland’s Lamine Kone from £14 million to £17 million as they step up their plans to replace Stones in their defensive unit, claims the Northern Echo.

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