Chelsea are ready to offer exciting young prospect Bertrand Traore as part of a renewed bid for Everton's John Stones in January, reports The Sun.
Jose Mourinho tried his darndest to sign the England international in the summer transfer window, launching four bids of increasing value, but ultimately failed.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez successfully dug his heels into the ground, even knocking back a transfer request from Stones in order to keep his prized asset at Goodison Park.
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But the Blues are already plotting a new offer when the window reopens in the new year and are ready to try something a bit different to land their No.1 target.
Traore, 19, thoroughly impressed during a loan spell with Vitesse Arnhem last season and earned a place in Mourinho's first-team squad after doing the same in pre-season training with Chelsea.
However, while Chelsea coaches are excited by Traore's potential, Mourinho is ready to part ways with the Burkina Faso international if it means Stones finally comes to west London.
Mourinho values Traore at £8million, but is ready to give him to the Toffees for nothing if they agree to release Stones in exchange. The transfer will inevitably see a huge amount of money enter Bill Kenwright's coffers as well.
Chelsea were ready to make Stones the most expensive defender in Premier League history, launching a £40m bid in the closing stages of the transfer window.
Offering more cash seems unlikely, unless, of course, Stones has a stellar first half to the season and increases his value further. The fact that Everton are not in Europe, keeping him available for the Champions League after Christmas, will also keep his value intact.