It has been reported that Manchester United are prepared to meet Everton’s asking price for John Stones.
The Manchester Evening News claims that United will have to pay in excess of £45m to land Stones.
Louis van Gaal has had the Everton and England centre back watched this season ahead of a potential summer bid.
But with Chelsea and Barcelona also targeting the 21-year-old, Everton are refusing to let him go on the cheap.
Roberto Martinez rejected Chelsea’s £38m bid in the summer and has reiterated his stance that the defender is not for sale.
But privately it is accepted that a British record bid for a defender of more than £45m would be enough to convince Everton to sell.