Defending Premier League champions, Chelsea FC faces yet another jolt as Everton have now rejected their bid for 20-year-old, defender John Stones, according to Sky Sports.
Chelsea have been in pursuit of Everton defender John Stones since a long time now. They had placed two bids which were rebuffed by the Toffees. Everton had asked for £30m, but now it seems that as Chelsea matched that demand the club have now increased the asking price to £35m.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has claimed several times in the past that they are not a selling club and will not sell their prized possession Stones this summer.
John Stones had a brilliant last season at Goodison Park and was among the best young defenders in Europe. His impressive stint with Everton earned him a national team call from manager Roy Hodgson at such a tender age.
Defensively Chelsea is looking vulnerable this season as they have already conceded 5 goals in the first matches of the Premier League and also conceded against Arsenal in the FA Community Shield. Club captain and veteran defender John Terry has been completely out of shape and the team lack a leader at the heart of the backline.
John Terry was benched in the second half of the match against Manchester City last Sunday and has been criticised heavily for his dismal show. At the age of 34, Terry has reached the twilight of his career and the Blues need to find a proper replacement.
Everton’s rejection is yet another blow for giants Chelsea as the team is anyways plagued with a series of problems both on and off the field. On-field they are yet to win a game in this new season which also includes the pre-season games. Off-field Jose Mourinho was involved in a row with his medical staff and a lot of problems occurred inside the club.
It will be interesting to see if Chelsea continue their chase for John Stones after getting snubbed thrice by Everton.