Chelsea has not yet given up hope of signing Everton defender John Stones, despite already having had four bids knocked back by the Toffee’s for the 21-year-old England defender, and is ready to test the Merseyside clubs resolve to keep hold of their star asset by making a £40 million bid in January.

Stones will have three-years left on his current contract with Everton at the end of the current season, and with the centre-back already settling in to become an England regular, Chelsea is prepared to do what it will take to get the man they see as Captain John Terry’s replacement to move to Stamford Bridge.