Following Jose Mourinho’s side’s poor start to the season where they’ve shipped five goals, a new defender is seemingly at the top of their list following the addition of Pedro from Barcelona.
Stones has only been with the Toffees for a little over two-and-a-half years, but his incredible progress at Goodison Park has prompted many to label him the best young defender in England.
“John Stones will appeal directly to Everton chairman Bill Kenwright to let him leave Goodison Park and join Jose Mourinho at Chelsea this week,” the Mirror reports.
If Stones does push for a move to Chelsea ahead of the transfer window deadline, then Everton will be left in a tough position for more than one reason.
Firstly, turning down a bid of such magnitude is a huge risk if the player’s mind isn’t fully focussed on staying at the club. Surely Everton don’t want an unhappy player in their ranks?
But selling him so close to the deadline leaves them arguably short of options at the back and with little time to bring in a top-quality replacement to partner fellow centre-back Phil Jagielka.
The report in The Mirror goes on to say that Chelsea will launch a fourth and final bid of £36m and expect it will be enough to seal a deal for the 21-year-old former Barnsley star