This confidence has been growing since Metro have been reporting that even though the initial bid coming out of Stamford Bridge was rejected, now a world record fee for a defender, of £34 million, is imminent. With Mourinho being prepared to splash that much cash at the England international, surely Everton will have no choice but to sell.
The incentive to seal the deal is not just the fact Stones is a home-grown player but he is also seen by many of the Tavern regulars as the ideal long-term replacement for club legend John Terry. However, some reports say there is already a plan in place for the 21-year old to play 30 games for Chelsea next term, if he does sign. This was something our landlord felt uneasy about:
“I like Stones, and one day he will do a job for us – but lets not forget John Terry too soon, our all time greatest defender and he has much more to give in my opinion.”
What do you think Chelsea fans? Do you think you will sign Stones this summer? If you do, how much will he play? Let us know your thoughts below!