Chelsea will wait to see if John Stones hands in a transfer request at Everton before making an improved offer for his services according to the Telegraph.
The Blues have made three offers for the central defender's services this summer, the latest of which was worth around £30 million. However Everton have refused to budge and their stance remains that he won't be sold, despite speculation that Chelsea could offer closer to £40 million shortly.
The Telegraph say that the reigning Premier League champions have put that move on hold for now, and have put the emphasis on Stones to make the deal happen.
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They want him to hand in a transfer request and force an exit from Goodison Park which looks unlikely to happen as things stand.
The 21-year-old has featured for Everton in both of their Premier League fixtures so far this season and boss Roberto Martinez has praised him for his professionalism amidst the speculation linking him with a move to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea's need for a centre-back has become more apparent over the last few days following the 3-0 defeat against Manchester City. Jose Mourinho took the surprise decision to substitute club captain John Terry at half time - the first time he's been taken off under the Special One - in place of Kurt Zouma.
The move was interpreted by some as an attempt to show owner Roman Abramovich that he needs more options before the window closes - and the plea looks to have worked.
Chelsea are close to wrapping up a deal for Barcelona star Pedro after beating Manchester United to the punch with an offer worth £21 million.
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