According to the Mirror, Everton met with Manchester City last week to discuss a move for John Stones.
The move would make Stones the most expensive defender in history - with former Chelsea man David Luiz now holding that honour after his £50m move to Paris Saint-Germain in 2014.
Pep Guardiola has already been busy as City boss, bringing in Ilkay Gundogan and Nolito, and talkSPORT now claim Stones will be his next big purchase. It will also make Stones the most expensive English player of all time taking over from City's Raheem Sterling, who was sold by Liverpool for a whopping £48m.
Everton are aware of City's interest in the 22-year-old and, although they do not want to lose the England centre-back, they are bracing themselves for an offer.
Despite a disappointing season from Everton's perspective during their last campaign, where Stones was criticised for some of his performances as the Toffees finished in 11th place which then ultimately led to the sacking of Roberto Martinez.
So far a formal bid has not been submitted, likely because he was a part of the England squad at Euro 2016.
Stones is due to return to Everton next week and so the Manchester club will try and push through a deal before then.
Meanwhile, Everton's John Stones has reportedly told Ronald Koeman that he wants to leave Goodison Park as soon as possible.
Sources have told ESPN FC that City are lining up a big-money move for Stones, with new City boss Pep Guardiola making the England worldwide one of their top targets of the summer.