Everton have issued Chelsea a ‘hands-off’ warning following the Premier League champions’ pursuit of John Stones, according to reports from the Mirror.
Stones has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in recent weeks, with Blues’ manager Jose Mourinho extremely keen on making the highly-rated centre-back a long-term replacement for club captain John Terry.
Last week, Chelsea launched a £20million offer for the youngster, but that bid was instantly rejected by the Toffees.
And as the Blues plan to make another move, Everton are currently furious with Chelsea for trying to unsettle Stones with comments in the media.
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill recently claimed an offer from the Blues would be difficult to turn down, while Mourinho has publicly revealed he wants to bring the 20-year-old to Stamford Bridge.
It is now believed that it would cost the champions £32million to secure his services, despite Everton already submitting a letter to the Blues to keep away from their prized asset.
Stones made 28 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring one goal.