Chelsea make bold decision to end interest in Everton ace

Chelsea will not make a move for Everton defender John Stones this summer as they do not want to be drawn into a bidding war with Manchester United and Barcelona, The Express report.

The Blues made a number of attempts to sign the England international centre-half last summer but the Toffees stood firm and refused to sell their prize asset.

With Roberto Martinez’s men missing out on Champions League qualification again this season, the Goodsion Park outfit are expected to face a battle to keep hold of the former Barnsley defender before next term.

The latest report suggests that both United and Barcelona are ready to break the bank to land Stones, which has put Chelsea off and ensured that they will look to other targets.

With John Terry set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, the Blues are in need of a new central defender but the signs are that it will not be the Everton ace.