Chelsea fail with £20m raid for Prem star

Everton have rejected a £20m offer from Chelsea for star defender John Stones, according to reports from Sky Sports.

The 21-year-old centre-back has emerged as one of English football’s top talents over the course of the past two years, and is already a Three Lions international.

Now it appears that his performances have attracted the attention of Chelsea, who are understood to have had an opening £20m offer rejected.

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The Blues have been aligned with Stones for some time, with John Terry’s advancing years, he’s now 34, an issue at Stamford Bridge.

The young Toffees star could be a long-term replacement for the West London skipper, and has already been tipped to be a regular for England in the coming years.

Stones has made 82 appearances for Everton, 28 of which came last season in what was a disappointing campaign on the whole on the blue half of Merseyside.