It is looking like Mourinho is really going to have to splash the cash this summer, if he is going to put a smile on the faces of the boozy Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern, and land the signature of John Stones.
It is thought now that the London club have had three bids rejected by Everton for the young central defender, and today the Independent are reporting some news that is causing some discontent amongst the Blues fans here in the Tavern.
They report that Everton will sell the England International this window, but only if Mourinho increases his last bid, from £34 million to a jaw dropping fee of £40 million.
At just £9 million shy of the figure that saw Raheen Sterling move to Manchester City, it highlights just how much you have to pay in the modern game for young, English talent.
After this weekend’s controversy that saw John Terry substituted for the first ever time in his career under Mourinho, it may well be the right time for Abramovich to spend big to secure the club captain’s long term replacement.
What do you think Chelsea Fans? Is £40 million too much? Let us know your thoughts below!