The England international has emerged as a major target for the Premier League champions following his rise at Goodison Park over the course of the past two years.
A £20m bid has already been rebuffed by Everton, but reports have suggested that Chelsea are ready to head back with an improved offer to land the promising 21-year-old.
And it’s now claimed that Stones himself is keen to discuss a deal with the London giants, which may force the Merseysiders’ hand.
Although reluctant to sell, getting an on-loan replacement from Stamford Bridge is said to be appealing for the North West outfit, with Kurt Zouma an option.
A sale for £20m+ would represent a massive profit for Everton, who signed Stones from Barnsley for just £3m in 2013.