A 25% improvement on their original offer wasn’t enough to land John Stones. How high will Chelsea go to land the defensive star?
Though Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho certainly deserves props for his tenacity, it hasn’t paid off as the Blues failed once again in a bid for Everton defender John Stones.
According to Sky Sports, Chelsea have had their latest £25 million bid for Stones – a £5 million increase from their previous bid for the 21-year-old defensive stud. Though Chelsea has been eager to make a deal for the man many people consider “the next John Terry” in homage to the Stamford Bridge captain, the feeling at Goodison Park does not appear to be mutual.
Stones has been a mainstay with Everton since the Toffees acquired him on a £3 million transfer fee from Barnsley in 2013, making 44 league appearances over the last two seasons.
ESPN FC reported that Everton have displayed considerable resistance to a sale of any kind of their defensive star. Club manager Roberto Martinez even criticized Chelsea for making their interest in Stones public
Stones was a nominee for the prestigious Golden Boy Award in 2014, ultimately finishing just behind Raheem Sterling.