Everton are worried that they will lose John Stones to Chelsea this summer despite issuing several ‘hands-off’ warnings to the English champions, according to reports from the Independent.
Stones has been heavily linked with a move away from Goodison Park these past few weeks, with Manchester United also keen on the highly-rated centre-back.
The Red Devils have yet to make a concrete offer for the Toffees star, but the Blues have already submitting two bids in the region of £20million and £26million that were both rejected by Everton.
And according to reports, Chelsea are now preparing a third offer that would be too hard for the Merseyside club’s hierarchy to turn down, which would force the Toffees to look for an adequate replacement.
The 20-year-old played 28 games in all competitions last season, scoring one goal.