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Everton prepared for £45m battle to keep star this January

Everton are again preparing to resist all offers for England international John Stones, according to the Daily Mail.

The Toffees stood firm over the summer as Premier League champions Chelsea repeatedly made a number of bids to take the ball playing centre-halve away from Merseyside.

Numerous top clubs such as Barcelona, Manchester United and Arsenal are understood to have joined the Blues in their admiration for the 21-year old since, after he impressed even further this term.

Reports suggest potential suitors are prepared to spend an incredible £45m in order to land the former Barnsley youngster, though the Goodison Park outfit plan to stand firm.

However, it is believed that the club intend to challenge for Champions League qualification for as long as they possibly can and the England star remains crucial to that.

He has three-and-a-half years left on his current deal with the club as elite powers begin to circle.

While a January move in unlikely as Everton perform well in the league, manager Roberto Martinez is reportedly bracing himself for significant interest in the summer.

Article title: Everton prepared for £45m battle to keep star this January

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