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Improved bid for Stones
Chelsea may have already had a bid for Everton’s John Stones rejected, but Jose Mourinho remains confident that he can get a deal done for the England international before the end of the summer transfer window.
Reports today highlight how the Blues will return with an improved offer for Stones that is closer to the £30m asking price the Toffees are holding out for.
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It’s said that Mourinho doesn’t plan on using him as an immediate starter and instead wants him to partner Kurt Zouma in the future, which could obviously be a problem as Stones wants regular football ahead of Euro 2016.
Regardless though Mourinho remains confident, though whether or not it’s misplaced has yet to be seen. Stones might want to remain at Goodison Park if he genuinely believes leaving will hamper his chances of making Roy Hodgson’s squad for next year, although the opportunity on the table from Chelsea is one that isn’t easily turned down.
Cuadrado to go?
Meanwhile Juan Cuadrado could yet be sold this summer, and it’s said Mourinho hasn’t spoken to the winger since last season. The Colombia international was purchased in January, but could be shipped this summer to make room for new arrivals.
Having only featured a handful of times for the Blues, and not having looked overly brilliant in any of those appearances, Cuadrado will have a hard time forcing his way into Mourinho’s plans. If he does stay he could be given another chance, but it’s looking unlikely at this point in time.
Mourinho on Pogba
Lastly any dreamers contemplating the addition of Paul Pogba this summer have been given food for thought, with Mourinho hinting a deal for the France international is impossible.
When asked about the prospect the Special One admitted he believed everyone had an interest in Pogba, but also implied - via a smart Eiffel Tower analogy - that there was no chance of a transfer deal being concluded.