Everton defender John Stones is set to make his intentions clear by handing in a transfer request in order to complete a move to Chelsea, according to The Times.
Chelsea have already seen three bids rejected, with the latest being £30m, but the Blues are not prepared to end their chase for the talented England U21 international; particularly after their shaky start to the Premier League season.
The defending champions sole victory over 90 minutes since May came at the weekend against West Brom, in a game where captain John Terry was sent off and the Chelsea defence was at sixes and sevens, fortunate to come away with a victory.
Stones is seen by Jose Mourinho as the ideal addition to his squad but Roberto Martinez and Everton are refusing to sell, with the Spanish manager rejecting claims that Stones was to hand in a transfer request last week.
It’s stated that Stones has privately asked to complete a move to Chelsea, if possible, but Everton are remaining firm- though their resolve could be altered if Chelsea were to launch a bid in excess of £35m, which would make Stones the most expensive defender in British football history.
Chelsea have already signed Pedro Rodriguez and Baba Rahman in the past week, though their business is likely to continue until right at the death of the transfer window.