Former England under-21 manager Stuart Pearce told talkSPORT that he’s not sure if central defender John Stones is good enough yet for a move away from Everton.
Pearce suggested that Stones may be better off staying where he is for the time being, rather than taking a move to Chelsea, as Sky Sports has suggested might be on the cards.
However, it’s going to be very difficult for the Toffees to reject a huge offer from the Blues, if it’s well in excess of the £30 million mark.
“I’m not sure yet (good enough for a move), it’s that potential, they’re all buying potential – The jury is always out for me on these young players like Stones,” he told talkSPORT.
What are Everton’s chances of keeping him?
Roberto Martinez does have a chance of keeping Stones and the club’s fans can take heart from the way they handled Leighton Baines when there was interest in the left-back from Manchester United, as mentioned in the Daily Mail.
They are under no pressure to sell and with Stones seeing regular game time, he doesn’t have to try and force a move away for the development of his game.
He’s also doing well at international level with England and has established himself as a potential future senior England centre back on a consistent basis, as an Everton player.
What it boils down to is that Chelsea have to pay top price to get their man or he’ll stay where he is and he should be happy with that because it represents a chance for him to continue developing and progressing in the right way.