There had been reports that the 21-year-old was going to ask the Goodison Park hierarchy for a move, but those stories are false according to the Star. Manchester United have also been linked to the England international, [Daily Star], but it seems that the Stamford Bridge outfit are in the lead.
The Blues have already seen bids of £20 million, £26 million, and £30 million turned down by the Toffees, and manager Roberto Martinez has even claimed that it is too late for a transfer request to make any difference [The Guardian]. This latest development means that the Merseyside club might no even have to go through that situation.
Should Jose Mourinho miss out on his man then the Portuguese could move on to Stuttgart ace Antonio Rudiger. The Germany international is far cheaper, with only a £20 million price tag according to the Metro. Last season, the 22-year-old made 19 appearances in the Bundesliga, helping the German club to avoid relegation.