Chelsea are poised to return to the negotiation table concerning their proposed move for Everton’s John Stones, with Jose Mourinho said to be willing to pay £30million plus add-ons.
Yesterday it was reported that the Blues had an opening gambit of £20m turned down by the Toffees, who clearly want to keep hold of their fledgling asset.
However, according to The Independent today, Chelsea will try once again imminently, and their new bid has the potential to be a record breaker.
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If the figure of £30m+ is credible - Everton fans will certainly hope it is - then it could possibly exceed the sum Manchester City paid for Eliaquim Mangala last summer (£32m) which is currently the British record fee paid for a defender, whilst Manchester United hold the record for the figure paid for an English defender (£30m for Rio Ferdinand).
Now, interestingly it’s stated both City and United are also keeping tabs on Stones, who has risen to prominence as one of England’s most exciting talents.
Chelsea have him pegged as the ideal successor to the ageing John Terry, and it’s they who are considered favourites as they’re desperate to convince Everton to sell before other suitors can get ahead.
Those factors point to the idea that the Blues will indeed test Roberto Martinez’s resolve in the coming weeks.
The Spaniard is sure to want to keep hold of Stones as he’s become an integral Everton player, but all the same £30m would give him money to work in the transfer window, money that could perhaps be used on strengthening multiple areas by sacrificing one.
Chelsea fans, do you think Stones is the ideal successor to Terry? Is he worth £30m+? Let us know in the comments box below.