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After two failed attempts Chelsea may change approach in their pursuit of Stones

What part of 'he's not for sale' do they not understand?

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Another day, another rash of John Stones transfer rumours, with seemingly everyone piling in and declaring an interest in the defender.

The Telegraph claims that Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck is attempting to salvage the situation with high-level talks with Bill Kenwright. The London club's very public and frankly disrespectful pursuit of Stones has angered both Everton and the supporters.

The report claims that Buck hopes a different, more private approach will reap rewards given the good relationship he has with his Everton counterpart Kenwright.

Despite Everton's insistence Stones isn't for sale multiple reports also claim that a fee of £34million would be enough to persuade Everton to do a deal.

Jose Mourinho has been unusually quiet on the issue in recent days, but his press conference ahead of Sunday's Community Shield may make interesting viewing.

The good old Mirror meanwhile claims Man Utd are ready to offer Jonny Evans in exchange to try and land the 21-year-old.

It also says that Manchester City are monitoring Stones, but no bid appears to be forthcoming from the Etihad Stadium.

This saga shows no sign of abating despite Everton twice telling Chelsea he isn't for sale. That suggests privately that isn't the case, Chelsea aren't listening or the media are content to make stuff up either way.

While I'm hoping its the latter I fear its the former and sooner or later a rival club will hit the magic number and persuade Everton to part ways with their talented centre-back.

Lets hope i'm wrong.