John Stones transfer bid frustrates Jose Mourinho as Chelsea boss responds to Everton criticism after rejected £20m swoop

Jose Mourinho has defended Chelsea’s pursuit of Everton star John Stones

The Toffees are playing hardball and desperate to keep hold of the 21-year-old England international centre-back
Chelsea have had a £20million bid rejected for Stones, as Everton try their best to retain his services
Mourinho believes that his club have acted well within the code of the transfer market and implied that Everton are naive if they think they can deter further bids for the player

Jose Mourinho has conceded that Chelsea may have to pay extraordinary money for Everton’s John Stones such is the demand for young, English players at the moment.

Chelsea have offered £20million for the England defender and will bid again. But with Raheem Sterling having cost Manchester City £49m and Luke Shaw costing Manchester United £32m last summer – the record amount paid out for an English defender – Mourinho accepts that the price of the player may rise so high that Chelsea decide they have reached their limit.
It is likely Chelsea would have to get over £30m to complete a deal for Stones and Mourinho said: ‘That is the market. And you only pay it if you want. If you don’t want to pay it, don’t pay. It’s as simple as that. The market has no rules or limits from season to season. And not even the introduction of a Financial Fair Play rules is able to control the market. The market is where it is and it’s up to the clubs to decide yes or no. For ourselves there are certain rules.


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