Sky Sports have reported that Chelsea FC have had an initial bid of £20 million rejected for the services of Everton centre back John Stones.
Everton have already said that they do not want to sell Stones for any price, but reports say that Chelsea will have to break the English record defender transfer fee to lure Stones to Stamford Bridge.
Sky Sports are today reporting that Chelsea will offer an 'increased amount' sometime in the near future. There are no indications as of yet as to what that increased amount will be, but what we do know is that it will more than likely be rejected.
Everton are using classic negotiation tactics by way overpricing the player to put off any potential suitors, but they picked the wrong team to do that with. If there is any team in the world who can pay the money they want, it's Chelsea.
If Chelsea offer anything in the region of £40million, which is what some reports suggest they might, then Everton would be simply foolish to reject it. They could then replace him with a top quality European centre half and then still have a lot of money left over.
£40 million would be an obscene amount of money for any defender, but for a 21-year-old centre back with only one good season of top level football under his belt, it's just silly. As a result, Everton should take it and run if they are offered it.
It would be a bad move for his career at this time to leave for Chelsea, simply because he will either be put in the reserves or loaned out. Chelsea had the best centre back partnership in the Premier League last year with Cahill and Terry, so he will get nowhere near the first team.
There is a case for him to stay where he is at Everton and let his career progress for a few years and all credit to Stones, he has already expressed how content he is at Everton. So let's hope he stays there for a few more years to let his career progress, if not for him or Everton, then for the future of the England national team defence.
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