Chelsea still likely to sign John Stones say the bookies
John Stones odds-on to sign for Chelsea in the January transfer window
July 23rd, 2015
Chelsea might not yet have lodged a second bid for John Stones, although they could be biding their time according to the latest bookmaker odds.
Jose Mourinho has identified the Everton defender as someone who can integrate seamlessly into the Chelsea squad and become a long-standing member of the Blues team when John Terry hangs up his boots.
Mourinho has caused outrage among Everton supporters by suggesting that Stones would be wise to sign for a “big club”, while Gary Cahill has also spoken publicly about the situation.
While Roberto Martinez has been adamant that Stones is not for sale, much will depend on whether the player wants to force a move away from Goodison Park, with Sky Bet going 1/2 that the England international signs for Chelsea before the transfer window closes.
Conversely, you can get 6/4 that Stones remains with the Toffees although we have recently seen Raheem Sterling make a switch from Liverpool to Manchester City and it’s often the perceived “bigger club” which wins the day.
Nevertheless, Stones seems a sensible young man and perhaps he will opt to stay with Everton for the time being, with his manager clearly angry with the way that Chelsea have approached the situation.
“There is the disappointment of a club making a statement to the press and making it openly,” said Martinez.
“I don’t think we’d do it and speak about a player. John Stones is an Everton player, full stop.
“We are not a selling club. We are not a club that needs to be worried about what other clubs put through the press.”
But Mourinho made no apologises for his approach for the player, telling Sky Sports: “When the transfer window is open, every club and player is open to bids.
“Bids come for our players and we make bids for other players. The process can be so simple.
“I would advise Roberto Martinez to do the same thing I do. If I don’t want to accept any offer, I say ‘I don’t accept any offer’. He can make it very, very easy.”