Charlie Adam has revealed he expects Everton’s John Stones to be a Chelsea player by this time next week, backing the idea that a deal can and will be done by the end of the summer transfer window.
The idea that the England international will become Jose Mourinho’s next big signing - and a potential successor to John Terry - has been floating around for weeks now, with the Blues having had a series of bids rejected by Roberto Martinez.
The hype then escalated earlier this week when it emerged that Stones had handed in a formal transfer request in a bid to force through a Stamford Bridge transfer, with Chelsea said to be ready to pay around £33million for his signature.
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Now, in spite of the fact that Everton remain firm on their stance that he won’t be sold, Adam, who himself made a big move from Blackpool to Liverpool in 2009, has suggested that a deal is inevitable.
“It was inevitable, if he wants it to happen, it’s the next stage,” Adam said, as per talkSPORT.
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“He’s played 50 games for Everton but you don’t get Chelsea coming to your door very often. He wants to play at the top level and in the Champions League.
“Everton’s a good club, with great fans and Bill [Kenwright] has done a great job, but it’s an impossible job not to turn Chelsea down.
“When Chelsea come for him again, it’ll probably happen within the next week.”
Of course Stones would be hoping to fare far better in west London than Adam did during his stay on Merseyside.
The now-Stoke City striker only managed to score two goals in two years at Anfield, perhaps indicating that a move to a team pushing for European football was an ill-advised one.
Stones the real deal
Stones however looks to be the complete package at the top level. His tender age coupled with his already extensive experience is typical of a player who is destined for big things, and with Everton sure to struggle to crack the top four this season a move to Chelsea might well be the best thing for him.
There is the worry that he would move to west London only to find himself stuck on the bench behind Gary Cahill and Terry, though that fear would surely be put to bed if Mourinho consents to paying over £30m for him.
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