Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho seems to be unwilling to be held to ransom in this transfer window, with quotes carried by the London Evening Standard suggesting they are prepared to walk away from any deal involving Everton defender John Stones.
The report says that Chelsea have had an offer of around £20 million rejected and are prepared to bid more for the player but will be reluctant to pay the asking price set by those at Goodison Park - in excess of £30 million.
"The market is where it is and it’s up to the clubs to decide yes or no," Mourinho is quoted as saying in the London Evening Standard.
"And I speak just for ourselves. For ourselves there are certain rules.
"It’s a good market. That is why smaller other clubs, if they have interesting young English players, they use that in the right way for them. I don’t even criticise them.
"And if the big clubs don’t want to go over certain limits, they have to make a decision.
"And that is maybe why none of the top clubs are not full of young English players."
Mourinho does make a pertinent point about the price of a lot of English players in the Premier League as the price for their services does seem to inflated by a significant amount.
The report indicates that Chelsea are looking for a long-term replacement for John Terry. Though he was in terrific form by contributing to their Premier League title success, as well as their League Cup triumph last season, there is recognition that he won't be around forever and that a replacement will have to secured sooner rather than later.
The comments from Mourinho could suggest that if Stones wants a move to Stamford Bridge then he may have to force it himself, as that could lower the price.
Chelsea have been relatively quiet in the transfer market this summer, as has been the way since Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge. Business tends to get done early and they quietly go about their business, and the approach has approved effective over the past couple of years.
It will be interesting to see if Mourinho and Chelsea make any significant progress when it comes to securing one of Everton's prized assets, but they don't seem to have an appetite for any kind of saga.