John Stones is eager to leave Everton for Manchester City.
The Daily Express says City will have to pay £50m to sign Stones after he told Everton he wants to leave.
The centre-back favours a move to the Etihad and City are prepared to deliver the 22-year-old for new manager Pep Guardiola and will not baulk at making him Britain’s most expensive defender.
A firm bid is imminent with contact between the clubs already established and the prospect of an auction developing now seems unlikely with Stones keen to work with Pep Guardiola.
Stones was denied a move to Chelsea last summer with Everton rejecting a series of bids which went up to £35m.