Chelsea are determined to wrestle John Stones away from Everton, even if it costs them £34m reports The Telegraph.
Roberto Martinez has warned Jose Mourinho off the young England international but the Chelsea boss will not be deterred. Having had an initial bid of £20m rejected last week, a new bid of £26m is expected to be submitted by Chelsea although Everton will again reject.
The Telegraph claim Chelsea see 21 year old Stones as the ideal successor to John Terry and are willing to go all out to bring him to Stamford Bridge despite Everton writing to Chelsea to tell them that the talented centre-back isn’t for sale.
Matt Law writes:
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has earmarked Stones as the perfect successor to captain John Terry and wants the 21-year-old to be his big summer signing.
Chelsea have done themselves no favours in their pursuit of the former Barnsley star, with Mourinho clearly riling up Martinez. And with Stones signing a new 5 year deal last August, Chelsea could be forced to pay over the odds for Stones with a fee thought to be as much as £34m mentioned:
While negotiations could have been made more difficult by Mourinho’s comments, Chelsea still believe there is a deal to be done for Stones during this transfer window… Mourinho, though, is prepared to recommend that Chelsea eventually structure a deal that could be worth up to £34m in order to secure the signing of Stones.
In a summer that has seen a number of young English stars move around, Stones could be the next to join that list.