Chelsea are set to make an improved bid of £30 million for Everton defender John Stones, according to the Daily Mail.
The report claims that the Stamford Bridge outfit are set to swoop for the England international after seeing their opening two bids rejected.
In fact, the same report claims that Everton have already turned down bids in the region of £20m and £26m for the talented youngster, who has also been linked with a move to Manchester United in the past few weeks.
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Now, then, it appears that Jose Mourinho and Co. in west London are still determined to sign the defender despite Everton chief Roberto Martinez hoping to keep him at Goodison Park.
Stones, of course, featured in the Everton's 2-2 draw with Premier League new-boys Watford this past weekend, and it remains to be seen as to whether he'd be willing to complete a move to Chelsea in this window.
£30m is great business
Let's be honest, it will come as a huge blow for Everton if they lose one of their leading young players, but £30m appears to be quite the deal for the club as they go in search of improvement under Martinez.
Ultimately, Stones has a great deal of potential, but such a huge sum will surely be tricky for Everton chiefs to turn down.
No doubt the youngster will become a top player for Chelsea, but they must handle him correctly if they complete his signature before the close of the transfer window.
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