Chelsea will launch a fresh bid to sign John Stones when the summer transfer window re-opens as the club prepares to wave goodbye to John Terry.
Stones was former manager Jose Mourinho’s top transfer target last summer as Everton knocked back several approaches from the Special One for the defender.
Not even an offer of £37million was enough to tempt the Toffees to part with a player who had expressed an interest in speaking with Chelsea about a move.
Stones has been criticised for his performances this season as Roberto Martinez’s team have struggled to progress in the manner that many expected them to.
Martinez has come under fire for his management of the side and is facing the prospect of getting the boot if he fails to win the FA Cup next month.
However, Stones’ decline has not affected Chelsea’s faith in his ability and there will be competition for his signature this summer.
Everton have reportedly made an attempt to convince the centre-back to sign a new contract but pen has not been put to paper, leading to more questions over his future.
Chelsea are hopeful they can take advantage of the situation and are in need of defensive reinforcements as captain Terry’s contract dwindles down.
Incoming manager Antonio Conte wants to freshen up the squad at Stamford Bridge and is also an admirer of Toffees striker Romelu Lukaku.
Lukaku’s price tag is thought to be £65million but sources have claimed the former Blues forward has “unfinished business” in west London after failing to make the grade.
Watch: Roberto Martinez on John Stones