Chelsea prepares for their fourth and final punch to elope John Stones from Goodison Park.
The Blues will hit the market with a £40 million offer for Everton’s centerback. The reigning champions are in a desperate bid to boost their defense, which looked vulnerable during their encounter with Manchester City in the current English Premier League.
The Premiership giant’s previous offers of £20 million and £26 million have been flatly rejected by Everton. The third one touched £30 million mark, but didn’t yield any results.
John Stones, on the other hand, didn’t waste time in officially submitting a request for transfer from his club.
The tug of war continues
Everton made it clear to Chelsea that they have no intent of selling the 21-year-old center-back, who still has 4 years of contract remaining.
Though Stones secretly informed Roberto Martínez last week that what he wants is to move to Chelsea. Everton suggested earlier in press that their hard-line stance won’t alter even if the player himself requests for a move. A policy which helped them to retain Leighton Baines in 2013 despite Manchester United’s strong intents of signing the left back.
The promising youngster is eyeing to feature in Champions League football with the Premier League title winners. That’s why Stones submitted a request for transfer to the club authorities prior to the practice session on Tuesday. Both parties Stones and Chelsea are now awaiting response.
TRANSFER CENTRE: John Stones has handed in a transfer request at Everton and Mario Balotelli passes AC Milan medicalhttps://t.co/WGjWs0dk1r
— Sky Sports 📺 (@SkySports) August 25, 2015
Clever Stones has thrown the ball to chairman Bill Kenwright and Martínez’s court, leaving them at the verge of making an awkward decision.