We love nothing more than a Premier League bidding war here in the Football Transfer Tavern, and according to the Daily Mail it seems we have one on our hands.
The publication claim that Chelsea have joined fellow London side Arsenal in the race to land Everton defender John Stones.
The young former Barnsley player is highly sought-after, and it seems that there will be a fight for his signature.
As one of our punters notes over a pint, things are now different for Everton – who are looking like finishing in the top four – and are no longer all about being a selling club.
Under Roberto Martinez, they are pushing for bigger and better things, and are not looking to cash in on their best young players.
Our landlord quips that it is the Toffees, not the Gunners who may be offering Champions League football this term – providing them with a huge incentive when negotiating with players.
Stones is only 19 years of age, and despite the interest he is attracting, Martinez is determined to keep him at the club – and will use any money from a top four finish along with increased money from TV revenue to reject offers that come his way for the England Under-21 international defender.
Is there any reason for Stones to flee for the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal when Everton are going places? Let us know your thoughts below.
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