Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has moved to cool talk that he could be about to seal a swoop for Everton defender John Stones.
The England international has already been the subject of two bids from the Blues which have both been rejected so far, and the latest batch of reports suggest that Manchester United may also be in the running for his services.
The 21-year-old is believed to be seen as the ideal replacement for John Terry who is nearing the end of his career, however Mourinho insists he isn't desperate to sign Stones before the window slams shut.
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Speaking in an interview with TalkSPORT, the Special One also hit out at the fact that the transfer window is still open when the Premier League season starts.
Mourinho has already completed deals for Radamel Falcao and Asmir Begovic in the current window, and doesn't believe it's fair a rival could land a key player who has already played against the Blues for another team.
Regarding Stones, he said: “What happens happens, but I won’t lose any time thinking about the transfer window.
“For me the transfer window is over. I don’t like the transfer window open when the competition starts. I know it is open, I know my club can buy or sell, but I don’t like that feeling. As a coach I am thinking about my players, my squad, and I don’t want to think about transfers. Clubs and players need quiet time and respect when the competition starts.
“Imagine a Swansea player plays against Chelsea on Saturday and then goes to Manchester City, then he plays against Chelsea again the next week. I cannot get that into my head.”
There's still plenty of time for Chelsea to add more players before the window shuts, and reports suggest they could be in for another forward despite adding Falcao. Mourinho admitted that lead forward Diego Costa is still struggling to shake off a hamstring complaint ahead of the new season, while there have been rumours that Loic Remy could leave too.
"He [Costa] didn’t finish the season and doesn’t start the season, and that doesn’t make me happy," said Mourinho. "I am not speaking against the boy, the boy is trying hard, but it is not a good feeling for him, and not a good feeling for me.”
Chelsea need to be very careful with Stones - Manchester United are lurking and are getting increasingly desperate to land a centre-back having missed out on Sergio Ramos.
Everton are of course demanding a huge fee for their star defender who has the potential to be one of the best, and although £30 million seems like a lot of money he could be with the club for the next 15 years which would represent a good investment.
How much is John Stones' true value - more than £20 million?
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