Chelsea to return with FIFTH John Stones bid in January

Chelsea are set to revive their attempts to bring Everton defender John Stones to Stamford Bridge by making a fifth bid in January, according to the Daily Mirror.

Despite the 21-year-old handing in a transfer request at Goodison Park, none of the Blues’ four offers during the summer window did enough to tempt Roberto Martinez to sell his star man.

The Mirror suggest that with three years left on his contract on Merseyside, the Premier League champions will have to pay £40m for the former Barnsley man.

Despite his apparent desire to leave, Stones’ value is likely to remain very high due to his ability to put the whole situation to the back of his mind while he is on the pitch and maintain some excellent form, as well as his development into becoming an England international that has been touted as a starter in Roy Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2016.

But his potential value may not deter Jose Mourinho. The club’s shaky start to the new campaign saw a new defender put at the very top of his priority list as the window drew to a close. And while they added two on deadline day, Michael Hector immediately returned to Reading on loan, while Papy Djilobodji seems unlikely to be considered as anything more than a squad player.

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