Another Sunday in the Football Transfer Tavern, and still nobody is sure where the future of John Stones lies.
The Everton defender has become the main man in the summer’s longest running transfer saga, with Everton so far having rejected three offers from reigning Premier League champions Chelsea – the latest of which was £30 million.
Jose Mourinho is reported to return with an offer of £40 million before the close of the window, and some reports today claim Stones is now ready to force through a move.
The Toffees have remained adamant in their stance that the England international is not for sale, with Roberto Martinez being frequently drawn on the topic.
And now captain Phil Jagielka has had his say, with the 33-year-old demanding the ‘circus’ surrounding the proposed transfer of the young defender comes to an end.
The Daily Express reports Jagielka as saying: “The football should take priority. We should get rid of the circus and make sure all business is done before the start of the season so that all the entertainment comes from the football.
“But unfortunately the way the window works means we will have played four games by the time it closes. I can’t get my head around why it works like it does.
“For me, the window should shut in the first week of August. Everyone has their squad and if there are any problems then you have to deal with it after Christmas. It isn’t good to have transfer sagas when lads are having to play games.”
With little more than a week of the window remaining, Stones’ future at Goodison Park is still no clearer…
Our resident Chelsea fans enjoying a game of darts here in the Transfer Tavern feel that signing Stones would be excellent for the club, but the price tag that comes with him is simply extortionate!