According to the Express, Chelsea target, John Stones has made it clear he wants to leave Everton this summer and move to the current English Premier League champions.
Aware of growing interest in his signature, the England international is bent on forcing a move to Stanford Bridge. He has reportedly informed Roberto Martinez of his desire to leave the club this window, and perhaps, sees this as a big opportunity to further his career.
However, Everton are believed to be holding out for a transfer fee of £36 million; a fee that has sort of put the Blues off for the meantime. The Blues had earlier tabled a bid of £20 million for the England international, who is being tipped as a possible replacement for John Terry when the ex England international eventually hangs his boot.
Stones’ former club, Barnsley are due 15 percent sell-on fee, which could be the reason why the Toffees are holding out for a high fee. Man United and Man City are also believed to be interested in signing the highly rated defender, which could well play into the hands of Everton in event of a bidding war.
Everton are better off with an unhappy player, especially as Stones is bent on forcing a move to the Blues this summer. History has shown that the Toffees are always a tough nut to crack when it comes to transfers. Two seasons ago, the club stood its ground when it refused to sanction the sale of Leighton Baines to Man United, and are prepared to go all the way to do the same with Stones.