Chelsea have seemingly come to the realisation that if they want to land Everton defender John Stones, they will have to make him the most expensive defender in Premier League history, the Daily Express report.
The current record is £32m, which was set when Eliaquim Mangala completed his move to Manchester City, and the Express reveal that the Blues’ first two bids for the 21-year-old have come some way short of that figure. Both their offers of £20m and £26m were knocked back by the Toffees (via Express).
However, their poor start to the season appears to have been the catalyst behind a much improved offer, that the Express report will be much closer to a staggering £40m.
Despite boasting the most reliable and consistent – in terms of selection – back four in the division, serious questions have been asked after they conceded five goals in their first two games.
While there is plenty of experience in what seems Mourinho’s favoured defence, they have seemed unable to cope with pace, and look as if they need a youthful addition if they are to retain their Premier League crown.
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