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John Stones saga takes another twist with report defender wants move to Chelsea

Everton must hold firm in face of media storm

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Chelsea remain determined to try and sign John Stones this summer and it seems this transfer saga is going to cause Evertonians sleepless nights right up until the transfer deadline.

Everton rejected a £20million bid last week and after both managers exchanged verbal blows about the defender's availability, a media circus has quickly developed which is threatening to overshadow the start of Everton's season.

The press have been wildly speculating the outcome of this transfer saga, the majority believing Everton will eventually cave in and take Chelsea's money.

The London Evening Standard is going one further, suggesting that Stones wants to move to Stamford Bridge and is eager to talk to the Premier League champions.

It counters that by suggesting the 21-year-old will not rock the boat in order to force through a move, though that leaves the club at risk of having an unsettled and unhappy player in the squad.

Stones certainly doesn't seem like the type of player ready cause disruption like, say, Raheem Sterling. He is a polite, intelligent footballer and though I'm sure part of him is keen to move to the Premier League champions, he is also aware of the opportunity he has to make a name for himself at Everton.

Speculation suggests a second bid of £26million is imminent but everyone of an Everton persuasion knows that is nowhere near enough.

Even a bid in excess of £30million should be resisted as Stones is so integral to what Roberto Martinez is trying to build at Goodison Park.

Selling him now - with a little over two weeks until the start of the season - could potentially be catastrophic to Everton's hopes of success, as well as sending out a message that yet again The Toffees are a club that struggles to keep hold of its best players.