Report: Everton's stance unchanged over Chelsea's pursuit of John Stones

Chelsea have been linked with a move for the Everton star for much of the summer.

Everton's position on John Stones hasn't changed according to the Liverpool Echo, despite interest from Chelsea, with reports suggesting the Premier League champions are offering £30 million for the centre-back, according to the Guardian.

It is said that Chelsea's urgency to land their main defensive target for this summer has been intensified because of their poor start to the new season.

In their opening two games, Jose Mourinho's side has conceded five goals and looked pretty frail at the back, with Mourinho opting to substitute John Terry at half time during the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City at the weekend. 

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has been adamant that the 21-year-old will not be leaving Goodison Park this summer, which would probably mean that Stones will need to try and force a move for one to take place. 

Stones has been one of Everton's best and most consistent performers over the past 12-18 months and has played his part in the opening two games of the Toffees season, and there has been no real indication that his head has been turned over a potential move to Stamford Bridge - which would also present the opportunity of Champions League football. 

With two weeks to go in the transfer market, it will be interesting to see just how Chelsea are prepared to bid to get their man, and with speculation suggesting a bid could go beyond £30 million which may have surprised a few people in the game, the fee could get all the bigger.

One does wonder if there is a point where Everton will view the offer too good to turn down, or if Chelsea have a limit.

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