Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move for Everton defender John Stones throughout this transfer window and the Blues have seen their first bid for the English defender which was believed to be worth £20 million rejected by the Toffees.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez has taken a swipe at Premier League counterparts Chelsea over their public pursuit of defender John Stones.
Sky Sources understand that the Premier League champions are looking to be back in pursuit of the English international with an improved offer.
Everton lost in the final of Barclays Asia Trophy to Arsenal with a 3-1 score line and the Everton boss Roberto Martinez told the press after the match that further advances from the Stamford Bridge for the young stopper would not be welcomed.
We pride ourselves on playing a certain way and educating our young players in a manner that they are going to always get attention from elsewhere and that is always a compliment, he said.
The other side is the disappointment of seeing a football club leaking such statements to the press and making it so open.
That is not the way we would do it at Everton, we would not speak of a player who is registered at another club and there is no issue from our point of view – John Stones is an Everton player.
We are not a selling club. We are not a club that needs to be worried about what other clubs put through the press.
Despite losing out to the Gunners in front of a 52,000 crowd at a sun-drenched National Stadium, Martinez declared himself satisfied with the benefits his side will take from the competition.
In pre-season, you don’t get many opportunities to get a competitive game like that against the quality of Arsenal and from that point of view, it was a great workout, added the Spaniard.
Obviously we wanted to win and probably it showed that we are in pre-season because the lapses of concentration were very poor by our standard.
But all in all, I thought it was the perfect way to stretch the squad and test it, and I think that the benefits from this tournament will be immense.