Chelsea have submitted a third bid for Everton’s John Stones worth £30million on the back of losing 3-0 to Manchester City at the weekend, but it still won’t be enough.
According to the Daily Telegraph the Toffees are set to reject the Blues’ proposal, as they already have done with two other offers, leaving Chelsea needing to pay even more if they want the man Jose Mourinho sees as the ideal successor to John Terry.
Alarmingly it’s now believed Roberto Martinez and the powers that be at Goodison Park want to hold out for £40m rather than the £34m initially expected to be enough for Chelsea to sign Stones, leaving Mourinho with something of a catch 22.
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It’s been claimed that Roman Abramovich will give his manager the funds necessary to bring in as many as three players after watching the mauling their sustained at the Etihad, but whether or not Mourinho thinks Stones could ever be worth £40m remains to be seen.
The young England international has bags of potential and looks to be the real deal, but paying £40m for an unseasoned centre-back represents a huge risk, regardless of the name attached to the player.
Naturally the fee would smash the British record if Chelsea decide the gamble is worth taking, with Eliaquim Mangala’s £31.9m move to Manchester City last summer currently holding that particular belt.
Of course the Blues have players they can sell if money is an issue. Juan Cuadrado might yet be offloaded after a disappointing Stamford Bridge spell, and the amount of individuals out on loan they have on their books borders on the ridiculous.
Chelsea fans, do you think Stones is worth £40m? Let us know if you think Mourinho should pay that in the comments box below.