Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern are raising a glass to reports that they believe could spell the end of their defensive woes and further their claim as the best side in Britain.
Stones was previously heavily courted by Chelsea, seeing a number of bids from the Premier League champions rejected last summer, but the Blues have cooled their interest since the dismissal of Jose Mourinho.
Whilst Chelsea still possess some interest in the England international, their failings this season mean they will be extremely unlikely to be able to off Stones Champions League football and that could be decisive in this hunt.
Stones has remained loyal to Everton this season, and has put in some excellent performances ahead of the European Championships in the summer, but the Toffees are failing to utilises their talented squad and push into the European places in the Premier League.
Our landlord believes that the next step for Stones is to join a Champions League side, stating the sky is the limit for the highly-rated defender.
City fans, is Stones the ideal long-term replacement for Vincent Kompany? Let us know in the comments below!