John Stones is considering handing in an official transfer request in a bid to force a move to reigning Premier League champions Chelsea, according to reports.
The Everton centre-back has been a target of Jose Mourinho’s for much of the summer transfer window, though Roberto Martinez is loathe to part ways with him.
However, The Times report this morning that Stones wants the proposed switch, and has told his manager as such without yet issuing a formal plea to be sold.
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That information comes ahead of a potential £40million mega-bid coming from Stamford Bridge, with Mourinho having been rebuffed in his three attempts to land the England international so far.
It’s thought the Special One sees Stones as the ideal future successor to John Terry, and so word that the player is interested in moving to west London will very much be music to his ears.
That said what plays out before the end of the transfer window might well be decided by Martinez, not Mourinho, with the Spaniard now set to have to decide just how far he wants to dig his heels in.
If Martinez opts to reject Chelsea’s fourth bid - if and when it comes - then he risks having Stones hand in a formal transfer request that would not only put added pressure on the situation but certainly disrupt harmony at Goodison Park.
What to do now?
In such cases it’s usually better to allow a player to leave if he so desires, particularly since £40m for a 21-year-old is a truly outrageous sum.
Of course Stones has become a vital Everton asset, hence the dilemma. Either way the matter should be resolved soon.
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