At Stamford Bridge, “no” apparently means “more money” – at least when it comes to John Stones.
After failing on no fewer than three bids to land Everton defender John Stones before the summer transfer window closed, Chelsea are determined to get him in the winter.
According to the Evening Standard, Blues manager Jose Mourinho is convinced he can convince the Toffees to part with the star defender – who many at Stamford Bridge view as the potential heir to John Terry’s spot on the defense.
Everton surprised many in the football world when they turned down a £38 million offer for Stones just last week – a mark just a tad below the £40 million the Toffees were reportedly asking for.
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Ultimately, Chelsea were forced to settle on Nantes defender Papy Djilobodji as a deadline day transfer to augment the defensive options – a move that is believed to be short-term until they can bring Stones into the fold.
The 21-year-old Stones was believed to have submitted a transfer request following Everton’s loss to Man City several weeks ago, but he later stated that it was a “mistake.”
Stones has made 4 caps for the England national team and was a nominee for the 2014 Golden Boy award – ultimately losing out to Raheem Sterling.
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