Chelsea prepare second £26m bid for England international

Chelsea are preparing to make a second offer for Everton defender John Stones after their initial £20million bid was rejected, according to reports from the Mirror.

Stones is currently being valued by the Toffees at £34million, but the Blues believe that an offer of £26million will be enough to lure the defender away from Goodison Park.

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Blues manager Jose Mourinho sees Stones as the perfect replacement for club captain John Terry, who is now in his twilight years at the age of 34.

However, Everton boss Roberto Martinez and club owner Bill Kenwright are in allegiance in keeping the 21-year-old, issuing a public ‘hands-off’ warning amid Chelsea’s interest last week.

But their efforts have failed to stop the Premier League champions’ advances, with the Blues hoping to seal the deal before the season kicks off on the 8th of August.

Stones played 28 games in all competitions last season, scoring one goal.