In what could be a signal that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is set to end the Blues quest to sign Everton defender John Stones following two unsuccessful bids, the Portuguese manager has hinted that his desire to sign the 21-year-old England international could be put on the back burner until next summer.
Chelsea has made two bids for Everton’s prized possession the first of which was £20 million before going back with an improved bid of £26 million.
All the while Everton manager Roberto Martinez was insisting that Stones was not for sale with the Toffee’s dropping hints that a bid of £34 million might force them to reconsider their stance.
When asked if there would be a third bid the Blues boss said ‘no’ and added: “I don’t speak about players from other clubs, especially now competition starts.
“It starts for us and Arsenal now [Community Shield] and next week starts for everyone. It’s enough for me.”
Meanwhile Roberto Martinez is looking to sign a central defender to help take the burden off of Stones after having already released Antolin Alcaraz and Sylvain Distin.
Two names that keep popping up are Manchester United’s Jonny Evans and Dynamo Kiev’s Aleksandar Dragovic, with Evans potentially part of a deal that could see Stones move to Old Trafford.