Chelsea set to submit £30 million offer for John Stones
Chelsea ready to launch third bid for Everton central defender although Toffees unlikely to consider it
August 18th, 2015
Chelsea have apparently got big problems after a 2-2 draw with Swansea City and then a 3-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium.
The most recent match was certainly unprecedented in the fact that Jose Mourinho withdrew John Terry at half-time, with the captain being replaced by Kurt Zouma and perhaps illustrating the need for a quality centre-half in the squad.
Chelsea have twice failed with bids for John Stones but they are seemingly ready to launch another offer for the young defender in the hope they can strengthen that area of the squad before the transfer window closes.
Everton have sat tight so far and appear determined to see off any attempts from Chelsea to sign one of their prize assets, with Stones playing a key role in the Toffees’ 3-0 win at St Mary’s last weekend.
Sky Bet offer 5/6 that Stones remains with Everton, with Chelsea 5/4 to land his signature. The London club have already submitted bids of £20million and £26million for the player and are now ready to go the extra mile to land his signature.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany felt that Chelsea “fell into their traps” during the match on Sunday, with the defender pleased at the way his team were able to dismantle the champions.
“I have never felt as prepared for a game as I did for this one,” the City captain said. “You could see it – we were setting traps all over the pitch and it planned out perfectly for them. That may be the advantage of only playing one match a week at the moment. If I have to give credit to the team for one thing, it was the way we prepared. There was not one thing Chelsea threw at us that we didn’t know about.
“Two years ago we had a game against Chelsea where they completely dominated us. They only won 1-0 [at the Etihad in February 2014] but probably deserved more. Ever since we have had good games against them, even though we didn’t win last year – we have adapted really well. We probably over-committed less today, but made just as many chances and looked more stable defensively – it was a top performance.”