The Daily Mail has reported that Chelsea are firmly trying to do a deal for Stones, rated at around the £40 million mark according to the paper.
However, Hartson explained that he feels there is a real belief at Everton that the club is moving forward in the right direction, not in need of the cash which will be provided because of the new TV rights deal next season.
“Everton have aspirations of finishing high up the table; they’ve invested in Deulofeu, Cleverley and they’ve got Lukaku, they’re doing it for a reason, they want to get up the table and the fans are fed up with mid-table finishes,” he told talkSPORT.
“They don’t have to sell John Stones – This time next year with the new TV deal, clubs will have fortunes.”
It could be down to the player
The only instance where Everton wouldn’t really have a choice in terms of selling the player, is if he’s requested the move personally to Bill Kenwright or manager Roberto Martinez.
Once a player expresses his desire to leave and to take a move away from the club, there is very little that officials can do to keep them.
They can be forceful but it’s arguably counterproductive to keep a player at a football club when he doesn’t really want to be there.
There is merit in Stones staying where he is because he’s playing well and developing effectively, but whether the Toffees can resist a massive bid from Chelsea remains to be seen.