The Blues might have some convincing to do if they are to get their hands on Stones this summer.
This morning once again saw Everton defender John Stones linked with a move to Chelsea this summer. The Mirror reported that Chelsea were willing to break the British record for a defender with a bid in excess of £31.9 million for the England international.
Now however his chairman has made his views on the player quite clear. In an interview with the Newcastle Chronicle Everton supremo Bill Kenwright has made it clear just how highly he rates the defender:
“We’ve worked really hard to stabilise this club and we’ve got a great squad, a young squad...[Romelu] Lukaku and John Stones who has to be the best centre back in England.”
Stones has become an integral part of the Everton defence in recent times, so the fact Kenwright is so adamant against his sale should come as no surprise.
But the spectre of Chelsea will loom on. Everton cannot afford to reject a certain amount of money and The Blues are clearly looking at Stones as their long-term John Terry replacement.
Whilst Kenwright may believe that Stones is the best English player in his position many would argue that it is in fact Chelsea’s talismanic captain that deserves that mantle.
Stones, who only arrived from Barnsley in 2013, is clearly wanted by Jose Mourinho who is quoted by Sky Sports as stating:
"That is the market now. You only pay it if you want to. If you don't want to pay it, don't pay. It's as simple as that. The market has no rules or limits from season to season.
"It's a good market. That's why smaller clubs, if they have interesting young English players, they use that in the right way for them.”
Calling Everton a ‘smaller club’ however will likely infuriate former thespian Kenwright who is likely to be even harder to convince regarding the sale of a player he clearly holds in high regard.