John Stones has given Chelsea fresh hope of signing the youngster prior to signing a new deal with Everton at Goodison Park.
The west London outfit were linked with a move for the 21-year-old for the entirety of the summer, with the view to find a successor to veteran John Terry.
Chelsea, however, saw not one; not two; not three; but four bids turned down, the last of which rumoured to have been in the region of £38 million, rendering their pursuit failed.
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Stones' desire to play for the Blues was evident when the England international handed in a transfer request, hoping to push through a move before the window closed.
No sooner had the request been handed into boss Roberto Martinez, though, it was rejected almost immediately by Everton, who reiterated their stance as a 'non-selling club'.
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However, reports have emerged, as per the Daily Mail, that Stones, off the back of a couple of impressive displays for England in their European Championship qualifiers, is set to open the door for Mourinho renew his attempts to lure him to the capital.
The youngster is due to open negotiations regarding a new contract expected to earn him around £60,000-per-week, a vast improvement on his current £30,000-per-week deal, which confirms his status as one of the best young defenders in the world.
Yet Stones would hope to see a clause of his own added into the contract - one that states he would be allowed to leave should an offer of £38 million be made for his services, like Chelsea did on deadline day earlier this month.
Stones' performances last season built his reputation of a strong, no-nonsense, ball-playing centre-half with an impressive 90% pass completion and winning almost two thirds of tackles made.
The idea of Champions League football still appears strong for Stones, then, though it remains to be seen whether the Toffees will accept his request to add a release clause given that Chelsea would be all-but-certain to activate it and lure the Barnsley-born defender to their increasingly talented ranks.
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