Chelsea are hoping that a record bid for John Stones may be enough to tempt Everton into selling the youngster, and their hopes of sealing a move have been boosted as the defender would reportedly be interested in a switch to the Premier League champions.
According to the Daily Express, the Blues are preparing to offer Roberto Martinez’s men £34m for the man that moved to Goodison Park for around £3m in January 2013 (via BBC Sport). The Express report that should their bid be successful, the 21-year-old would become the most expensive English defender in history, beating the £30m Manchester United paid Leeds for Rio Ferdinand in 2002.
While the Express report that the Toffees have already told Jose Mourinho following the previous offers which were rejected by the Merseyside club, that Stones was not for sale, Chelsea may take hope from a report in The Sun which suggests that the youngster would be keen on a move.
“This is not a Raheem Sterling situation where there’s any bad feeling between John and the club or vice-versa – but John is definitely interested in going to Chelsea,” a source reportedly close to the player claimed.
Should Roberto Martinez find a record offer on the table, and a player wanting to talk to another club, he may feel he has little choice but to consider how he is going to go about replacing one of his most promising players.
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