Everton defender John Stones is “certain” to move to Chelsea in this transfer window, according to a senior football broadcaster.
Viva Formica has been told the centre back, 21, is to negotiate a move to the Premier League champions after returning from England under-21 international duty.
A fee has not been stated but is expected to fetch in the region of £20m with the Blues eager to find a long-term replacement for 34-year-old John Terry and add to their quota of home-grown players.
The former Barnsley defender has impressed Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho since making his debut for the first team in August 2013 with the Portuguese keen to shore up his back-line ahead of the upcoming title defence.
Despite Stones signing a five-year deal in August last year and increasing his salary to a reported weekly £30,000, a well-known football figure has stated he is “certain” the youngster, who has picked up 4 senior England caps, will be joining Stamford Bridge this summer.
Terry, who is entering his 18th season as a professional, revealed he’s been excited by the emergence of the Toffees defender, admitting:
“I have seen a lot of games and I am a big fan of his,” Terry told TalkSPORT. “He pulls wide of the box and wants the ball and for a young defender to do that in the Premier League takes some guts.
“He is exceptional with both feet, he is a ball-playing centre half which you need to be these days. He is extremely confident.
“He looks to play from the back and that can only be good for English football that the likes of him are coming through. He is definitely one I have been impressed by.”
Everton head coach Roberto Martinez has already begun planning for life without his centre-half and apparently sees Crystal Palace’s Scott Dann as replacement for the departing Stones. However, for the time being, the Merseyside club are refusing to meet Palace’s asking price.