Chelsea alerted as La Liga giants join chase for £40m Everton defender

Chelsea have been alerted by speculation that Real Madrid are considering a move to sign top defensive target John Stones from Everton, according to reports from the Express.

The 21-year-old has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge throughout the summer, but the Premier League champions saw all four of their bids rejected.

It is believed that the Blues are still interested in his services and could be planning to make a fifth offer for the centre-back who is currently valued at around £40million by the Toffees.

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He is even said to be keen on an exit after making a transfer request last month, but his efforts were rejected as the board was keen on keeping him at Goodison Park.

Real entered the race for Stones due to Manchester United’s interest in Raphael Varane, with the Spanish giants seeing him as the perfect candidate to replace the France international should he leave the Bernabeu.

Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is yet to reinforce his side with a world class centre-back as versatile midfielder Daley Blind is now being deployed in the role.