Chelsea have relentlessly been on the pursuit of Everton central defender John Stones this summer, and boss Jose Mourinho has stated the club will continue to do so until the transfer window slams shut.
The Blues have already seen three bids rejected for Stones – the third being around £30m – but there are reports a fourth and final one of £40m will be lodged in days. According to Simon Stones of the Daily Mail, the £40m offer for the Toffees’ centre-back who change the stance of the Liverpool-based club regarding the availability of the England international.
It appears as though Chelsea have been given the green light to lodge the bid, as the transfer took a turn yesterday – which is to the Blues’ advantage – when Stones handed in a transfer request to force through a move to Stamford Bridge.
Reports have it that Stones has grown frustrated with Everton’s resolute stance against selling him and seeing the transfer window is days away from closing, he has made what has been termed a “brilliant” choice. This will now come as a big blow to the Goodison Park Landlords who had thought they would hold on to the 21-year old, who is Phil Jagielka’s regular partner at the heart of the defence.
Mourinho is keen to sign Stones who the Portuguese boss views as John Terry’s long term heir and it is looking increasingly like the former Barnsley prodigy will join Chelsea before September 2.
Simon Stones believes a fresh £40m offer would now change Everton’s position on not parting ways with their prized defender.
“Everton say Stones is not for sale but the defender wants to talk and upping the bid from £30m to £40m would change things,” the Daily Mail journalist said.
Stones, 21, has so far maintained a professional attitude as he has managed to perform well for the Toffees in all of their three Premier League games this season. The Englishman has also privately informed his boss Roberto Martinez that he wants to join the Premier League champions this season.
Chelsea’s will tackle Alan Pardew’s high-flying Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge, in a game Jose Mourinho would be looking for another three points to put them on course for the defence of their title. However, the west London club will be hoping Stones has signed by then.