CHELSEA boss Jose Mourinho is considering making a bid for Everton’s England international defender John Stones.
The former Barnsley player currently with the England U-21s in the Czech Republic is amongst a short list of potential summer signings as Mourinho looks to strengthen his title winning defence.
Chelsea is also keen on Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane but the Spaniards insist the Frenchman is staying put.
They have been in negotiations over Atletico Madrid’s Toby Alderweireld who spent last season on loan at Southampton.
But Stones is highly regarded within Chelsea and would also help Mourinho’s side meet the required Premier League quota of home reared players.
Stones has matured since his bargain £3 million move from Barnsley in January 2013 into a ball playing central defender with bags of potential.
Everton would be loath to part with a player they rate at around £15 million but manager Roberto Martinez could use the money to strengthen his own squad.
He is trying to sign Crystal Palace’s central defender Scott Dann and Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu who spent a season on loan at Goodison Park.