Former Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur manager George Graham emphasised on talkSPORT exactly what Chelsea are getting if they complete a deal for Everton defender John Stones.
ESPN is among several sources to have reported the news that Jose Mourinho’s club are looking to close out a deal before the transfer window deadline this Tuesday.
Graham has suggested that the Toffees ace could be the real deal, illustrating the sort of player Roberto Martinez is losing if a deal goes through without any complications.
“He could be (the real deal) – The sort of big centre half, who sweeps up everything around him, Stones to me looks to be that sort of player – A classy player, who tidies up and has a good brain as well,” he told talkSPORT.
Everton in control
While Stones has handed in a transfer request, Everton have the control over the way this deal pans out.
They can’t afford to have an unhappy player on their books but at the same time, they own the player that Chelsea want, which means they can hold out for their ideal price.
Everton don’t have a wealthy backer behind them and with the new TV rights deal not due to kick in until next season, a fee in the region of £30-40 million helps them substantially.
It gives them the chance to invest in more than one player as they look to improve their own squad and prepare to cope without one of their best young talents.