Jose Mourinho is determined to get the 21-year-old Everton defender in a Chelsea shirt despite Roberto Martinez’ statement that the player is not for sale.
Earlier in the summer transfer window, Chelsea made a £20 million bid and a £26 million bid for the 21-year-old Everton defender. However, the Goodison Park side rejected both offers. But after two rejected attempts to sign John Stones, the Premier League champions are reportedly lining up a third £30 million bid to acquire the services of the youngster.
Manchester United are also interested in signing Stones, with reports suggesting that Louis Van Gaal has identified the English International to fill in for his defence after missing out on Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid. However, no solid attempt has been made by the Old Trafford crew for John Stones.
Everton skipper Phil Jagielka spoke about Chelsea’s interest in Stones and how the young Everton starlet was handling the pressure.
Jagielka told the Daily Express: “It’s not an easy scenario. It is difficult for John. He is dealing with it really well.
“I have told him to just keep doing what he does because there is a reason why people want to sign him. It is a little bit of test for him now.
“It is a test of character and we all know he has a good character. He is a level headed lad. It is easy for people to let it go to their heads or decide not to be totally committed.
“But if you look at his performance, then he is a good lad and these little tests in his career will make him stronger.”