Chelsea will make a bid for Everton’s John Stones after being convinced the Englishman is the long term replacement for John Terry, according to the Evening Standard.
Chelsea turning to Stones has come about after new Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez said there is no chance Raphael Varane, a Chelsea target for several months, leaving the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 21-year-old has been of interest to Chelsea for some time, but the general opinion was that the club would give him one more season of regular football at Everton before any prospective bid is made, particularly as John Terry and Gary Cahill won the Premiership playing together last season.
Terry’s age, along with Varane staying in Madrid and Chelsea’s failure to progress beyond the second round of the Champions League, a campaign in which they conceded several stupid goals, have made the club think again. Terry, 34, spoke glowingly of Stones to talkSport last week.
The former England captain said:
“I have seen a lot of games and I am a big fan of his. He pulls wide of the box and wants the ball and for a young defender to do that in the Premier League takes some guts.
“He is exceptional with both feet, he is a ball-playing centre half which you need to be these days.
“He is extremely confident. He looks to play from the back and that can only be good for English football that the likes of him are coming through. He is definitely one I have been impressed by.”
Everton have placed a value of £20 million on John Stones.