Stamford Bridge ready to dig deep to land defensive target.
The 21-year-old has impressed over the course of the last two seasons since leaving Barnsley for Everton and become a regular in Roy Hodgson’s England national team set-up.
Chelsea failed with an early bid for the versatile youngster but the Daily Mirror claims that whilst the bidding may see Stones’ price-tag push up as high as £34m, a sum greater than any Premier League side has previously paid for a defender, the Blues are reading to foot the bill.
Both Man City and Man United are said to retain an interest in John Stones (via the Daily Mirror), who can play at full-back as well as in his primary role at centre-back.
Chelsea’s best defender, captain John Terry, is in the latter stages of his career and some sources suggest John Stones would be an ideal replacement for the 34-year-old (via Daily Telegraph).
Terry was in superb form in 2014/15, playing every single minute of Chelsea’s victorious Premier League campaign, and French youngster Kurt Zouma had previously been considered a successor to the Stamford Bridge legend (via the Daily Mail).
However Zouma has proven most effective when used in a defensive midfield role.
Jose Mourinho has made only relatively minor moves in the summer transfer moves, bringing in Radamel Falcao on a loan deal from AS Monaco and signing Stoke City keeper Asmir Begovic to replace Petr Cech.