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Chelsea to break transfer record for defender

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Blues prepared to pay mega-money for John Stones

Chelsea are preparing to make a fresh third bid for Everton centre-back John Stones, and will even break a transfer record in order to finalise the deal.

The Blues have already had two formal bids turned down by Everton for the 21-year-old. The first offer was around £20million, and then the second was worth £25m.

Stones’ Future

However, both times Roberto Martinez snubbed the offers and informed Chelsea that it would take an offer of over £30m in order for The Toffees to sell.

Stones is expected to have a major part in Everton’s season following his breakthrough campaign last year, but with Chelsea and both Manchester clubs interested, his future may not be at Goodison Park.

According to reports, Chelsea are desperate to land Stones and are desperate to beat their titles rivals to his signature, and in doing so, they will offer nearer to £40m in order to land the centre-back.

This would be a transfer record for a defender, smashing the current record that City hold for paying £32m for Eliaquim Mangala last summer from FC Porto.

Lack of Activity Worries Mourinho

Jose Mourinho is ready to act drastically following their 3-0 loss to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, and improving his defence seems to be the first point of call before the transfer window shuts.

Mourinho is still angry at the lack of activity at Stamford Bridge this summer, with just three players coming in, but with them all arriving as replacements for players that had left, the reigning champions haven’t strengthened in any way.

The Blues lost Petr Cech and replaced him with Asmir Begovic, lost Didier Drogba and replaced him with Radamel Falcao, before losing Filipe Luis and signing Baba Rahman.

Mourinho wants more additions before the window shuts and is prepared to splash the cash in order to retain the Premier League title.

Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt

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