Chelsea set to splash British Transfer Record fee for a young defender
Premier League champions Chelsea are still in pursuit of Everton defender John Stones even after facing criticism from Everton’s Spanish gaffer Roberto Martinez.
The blues have seen their previous bid for the 21 year defender rejected by the Toffees which was believed to be worth £20 million.
According to likes of the Guardian and Telegraph, Jose Mourinho is willing to make an improved offer for the English international to bring him to Stamford Bridge.
It is believed that the center back could be commanding a record British transfer fee overtaking Eleaquim Mangala who cost Manchester City £32 million one season ago.
Jose Mourinho has identified the 21 year old defender as a replacement of Chelsea captain John Terry who is 34 now and Stones is more than capable to fill his boots for years to come.
Stones is a highly rated defender who can play both as a right back and a center back and represented the Three Lions four times.
Stones featured in the youth set up of England regularly, with 3 caps for the under 19, 3 caps for the under 20 and 12 caps for the under 21.
Stones was listed in the 2014 European Golden Boy Shortlist along with his compatriots Raheem Sterling, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers.
Stones was also selected as a stand by in 2014 FIFA World Cup squad of England.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez previously criticized Chelsea for their public interest in his asset and told the press that Everton are not a selling club.
Chelsea have three recognized center backs with John Terry, Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma and Stones will have to fight for his place if he moves to Stamford Bridge.
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