Chelsea will table their second bid of £26 million in ‘the next 48 hours’ for Everton defender John Stones, according to the Mirror.
This bid is £6 million up on the Stamford Bridge club’s bid of £20 million two weeks ago, which was rejected by Everton.
The Merseyside club are said to be demanding £34 million for the services of the young Englishman, which would break the current British transfer record for a defender.
A high price to pay indeed for such a young defender but Jose Mourinho has gone some way to explaining that the smaller clubs, who nurture this young English talent, do well from the sale of these players and the high price may be a factor as to why the top clubs in England are ‘full of foreign players.’
Stones is an undeniable talent but we have already seen in this transfer window how the home-grown factor is influencing transfer fees, such as when Raheem Sterling became the most expensive player at his age ever, going to Manchester City from Liverpool for an eye-watering £49 million.
With the two clubs quite a distance apart in terms of valuation, this deal may not yet come about but rising to £6 million in just two weeks gives an indication of how highly thought of the England international is in London.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena