According to the Sun, Everton’s John Stones wants to leave Goodison Park so he can further his career with Chelsea - who have been looking to sign him.
As reported by ESPN, the Blues are ready to up their offer for Stones to £26 million, having seen a £20 million offer rejected last week. Roberto Martinez has no intentions of selling the 21-year-old centre-back, with many seeing him as a key part of the Toffees’ future - as well as England’s future first-choice defender.
However, Stones reportedly is keen on the move to Stamford Bridge, as he believes it will help him further his career from its current state.
He will be playing alongside John Terry, who could be the perfect mentor to ensure he does develop into England’s best defender, and is said to want to play in the Champions League - which the Blues can offer.
The ESPN report states that both Manchester United and Manchester City are also circling Stones, and may consider making a move for the youngster, but the move to West London interests him the most.
It is not stated if Stones will force through a move this summer, but Everton have no need to sell him from a financial standpoint, and will not be held to ransom by the player.
If Chelsea do manage to complete a deal for Stones, they will be signing one of the best prospects in English football, and arguably the next world class defender from England.
A move to Chelsea could see him fulfil that potential, and although Everton chiefs may disagree, a transfer to the Blues could be best for all parties involved - especially if Stones starts to force an exit from Merseyside.