John Stones is heading for another transfer war after Everton insisted they will NOT let him leave Goodison Park for a second summer running.
The Londoners are also likely to come back again with a renewed offer after having a final bid of £37m turned down last year – but they will get the same response.
Everton’s incoming boss Ronald Koeman has been told they may have to sell striker Romelu Lukaku , but that they are determined to hang onto their other prize assets.
It is understood the club will offer England midfielder Ross Barkley a new big-money deal to underline their ambition.
Barkley has been a target for other clubs in the past, but Everton are confident that the 22-year-old local lad will commit his future to them.