Chelsea have been aggressive in their pursuit of Everton defender John Stones, and they refuse to believe that he is not for sale.
Despite Everton claiming that the young defender is untouchable, Chelsea are planning to test the waters with a £34m bid, according to The Express.
Chelsea are reportedly prepared to make Stones the most expensive defender in English football history.
Rio Ferdinand cost Manchester United £30m in 2002 and still holds the record.
The Blues have already seen a £20m offer for Stones immediately rejected by Everton.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has admitted his frustration with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho’s public efforts to lure Stones to Stamford Bridge.
The 21-year-old is being viewed as a long-term replacement for Blues captain John Terry, who has spent 17 seasons with Chelsea and is coming towards the end of his career.
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