The Toffees have made it clear to their Premier League counterparts that the 21-year-old isn’t for sale, but the note has fallen on deaf ears, with Jose Mourinho still indicating that he will continue to make bids for the youngster, seemingly mindless of Everton’s comments.
He said: “If one day Roberto Martinez or the chairman says: ‘He’s not for sale; we don’t accept any bid. Game over.”
The two sides have done deals in the recent past, with Romelu Lukaku and Christian Atsu both moving to the Merseyside team. However, it seems that this time Everton aren’t interested in selling.
Since letting Joleon Lescott join Manchester City in acrimonious circumstances back in 2009, they have largely managed to fight off approaches for their best players.
Leighton Baines was a target for Manchester United but ended up signing a new deal with the Toffees [Independent], and the same happened when Manchester City were linked to Ross Barkley [Manchester Evening News].
One player who has left is Marouane Fellaini, but Everton did get an extra £4 million on top of his release clause for a player who didn’t fit in to then new manager Roberto Martinez’s style of play [BBC].
If Chelsea aren’t able to bring in the England international, then they have been rumoured to be interested in other young centre-backs. Stuttgart’s Antonio Rudiger [Daily Star] and Lyon’s Samuel Umtiti [Daily Express] are two names which have come up.