Following the recommendation of ex-manager Rafa Benitez Real Madrid have entered the race to sign Chelsea defensive target John Stones.
Despite the Spaniard no longer being in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu, new manager Zinedine Zidane will carry through Benitez’s recommendation although a move for the 21-year-old may now have to wait until the summer rather than taking place in January.
With current centre-back Pepe tuning 33 next month and Real Madrid also needing a new right –back, the Everton player would suit both positions.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez fought off a determined Jose Mourinho last summer for his star player with the Blues making three offers the last of which was reported to be £37 million.
Now with Real Madrid and possibly also Barcelona preparing to make a move for the young England international the Daily Express is reporting that Chelsea are prepared to test Everton’s resolve this month with a bid of £45 million rather than get involved in a bidding war with one or both of the La Liga giants next summer.