Chelsea appear determined in their pursuit of Everton central defender, John Stones. They are credited with a second bid for the player after their initial £20 million bid was thrown out. The player is reportedly going to be given Chelsea’s jersey number six should he join the club this summer.
Ties between both clubs seem to have soured after Chelsea’s very public pursuit of their player and the subsequent public fall out of both managers. Jose Mourinho has publicly declared his interest and intent for the Everton defender and even tried to turn the players head by calling his current club a “small club” and that he would be better rewarded at a bigger club. He also conceded that Chelsea would be made to pay a ridiculous fee for his services.
“It’s a good market. I don’t even criticise them. They play the market for themselves and if the big clubs don’t want to go over certain limits, they have to make a decision. And that is why none of the top clubs are not full of young English players. But that is the market”.
The blues have lodged a £26 million bid for the talented defender and appear intent on landing the English center back who has been touted as a natural successor to blues legend and captain John Terry. However, the blues face competition for the defender as Manchester United are reportedly interested in the player albeit they have been discreet about their approach.
With Mourinho publicly courting the player and appearing intent on signing him, it appears to be only a matter of time before he gets his man.