Jose Mourinho hunting down £54m-rated player he coveted while Chelsea boss
John Stones is the latest player to be linked with a move to Old Trafford following Jose Mourinho's installation as Manchester United boss.
Mourinho will once again attempt to get Stones' signature, this time as United boss.
The club are willing to fork out up to £54million for the Everton centre-half, according to the Express.
Barcelona are also said to be interested in the ball-playing central defender but would be unlikely to match such a valuation.
Stones pictured with Ireland full-back Seamus Coleman
The 22-year-old has generated huge praise for his ability with the football, generally preferring to play the ball out of defence rather than hoofing it into Row Z.
However, Stones's style saw him get caught out on several occasions this season, losing the ball in key areas of the pitch.
Despite making 31 Premier League starts this season, he fell out of favour with the now-sacked Roberto Martinez towards the end of the season.
However, former United striker Michael Owen has rebuffed claims that Stones was dropped, while suggesting that the England defender must be good due to Mourinho's three attempts to sign him for Chelsea last summer:
Was he? Error prone? 😂😂😂 You seem to know plenty. He wasn't dropped. I spoke to Martinez about him at the time. https://t.co/uBRbAnyw8Y— michael owen (@themichaelowen) June 2, 2016
No more Stones chat. I've made my point. Mourinho tried to buy him for tens of millions and I don't reckon he's a bad judge.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) June 2, 2016
The young centre-back is currently with the England squad ahead of their Euro 2016 campaign, where he is likely to vie with Gary Cahill for a spot in central defence alongside United man Chris Smalling.