Speaking to talkSPORT, Stan Collymore has suggested that both John Stones and Romelu Lukaku would go for upwards of £30 million if Everton decide to sell them next summer.
He said: “It’s going to be very difficult [for Everton to hold onto them]. You’re probably looking, at the end of the season if a club is in for them, upwards of £30 million for Stones and upwards of £30m for Lukaku.”
Stones was already the subject of £30 million bids from Chelsea over the summer, as reported by the Guardian, whilst the BBC claimed Lukaku switched to Goodison Park from the Blues for a reported £28m.
They have only got better since those values were bandied about, and Collymore’s expectation that the duo will be sold for roughy £30 million each seem far too low.
They are both young, established in the Premier League, and are the perfect examples of modern day stars. Stones also has the benefit of being English, and possessing the valuable homegrown status which Premier League clubs so desperately value.
Values north of £40 million should not be considered unrealistic, but right now, the Toffees would be foolish to let either player go for any value.
Along with Gerard Deulofeu and Ross Barkley, Lukaku and Stones create one of the most highly rated potential spines of any team in European football. They are all young but proven at this level, and under Roberto Martinez, they play in a system which truly plays to their strengths.
The Merseyside club have real ambitions to qualify for the Champions League, and with these four players in their ranks the chances of getting into Europe are much higher. Entertaining bids for them would be a foolish move, and Bill Kenwright must stick to his guns in the transfer window to ensure the Toffees have the best chance of success over the next decade.