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John Stones | Defensemen

Team: Everton
Age / DOB:  (21) / 5/28/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 154

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As injury problems mount for Everton – Darron Gibson, Mo Besic, Aiden McGeady and Tony Hibbert will all miss the start of the season – there is more bad news for Roberto Martinez concerning center-back John Stones. Manchester United have now made an enquiry…
It’s not been a good summer for Roberto Martinez and Everton. His intention was to strengthen each ‘line’ of his team – Defense, Midfield and Attack – but has spent most of his energies keeping his current squad intact. John Stones looks certain to go, with Chelsea’s second bid of £26m unlikely to be their last. And now that prime target Sergio Ramos is set to sign a new deal with Real Madrid, Manchester United have entered the race. United have an extra £45m in the pot from Angel Di Maria’s departure, so Everton can at least expect to get top dollar for Stones from a Chelsea v Man United bidding war. And Man City may yet still have a say. The Mirror report that United are ready to throw Jonny Evans into the package, which might appeal as Everton are down to the bare bones in central defense. Jul 31 - 4:24 AM

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Man City are reported to have entered the race to sign Everton defender John Stones, with Chelsea preparing a third bid…

Everton have so far resisted two bids from Chelsea for John Stones. An initial water-testing £20 million followed by a ‘let’s get serious’ £26m. But the noises coming out of both clubs suggest it is merely a question of finding the tipping point before the deal happens. Jose Mourinho has mused he might have offer a record-breaking figure to get his man. Gary Gahill has urged his young England team-mate to jump and Stone’s himself is apparently keen to go. Enter Man City… It seems that last season’s runners-up are getting twitchy about the Champions further strengthening, so are readying a bid themselves. Whether it is to bolster their own defense or just weaken Chelsea’s is not clear. But the bidding war it could create will at least provide Everton with that record fee they are after.
Source: The Mirror
Jul 30 - 6:53 AM

Everton are reported to be on the verge of signing center-back Aleksandar Dragovic from Dynamo Kiev. But is he a replacement for Sylvain Distin or John Stones…?

Signals coming out of Everton suggest they are close to signing a much needed center-back, but the mood is far from celebratory. Reports say the Toffees have moved ahead of Napoli in the race for Dynamo Kiev’s Austrian international Aleksandar Dragovic. The 29-year-old is being touted as a replacement for the departed Sylvain Distin, but many will be thinking that the deal is merely paving the way for John Stones to join Chelsea. Dragovic will cost around £9 million, which will leave plenty of change from the £30-odd million tag placed on Stones. But losing their prized asset on the eve of the season will be a huge blow to morale. With Romelu Lukaku possibly out for the big kick-off with a hamstring injury and a ‘disillusioned’ James McCarthy ready to open negotiations with Tottenham, it has not been a great for boss Roberto Martinez.
Jul 29 - 6:22 AM

Chelsea are reportedly planning to up their £20 million bid for Everton’s John Stones to £26m within the next 48-hrs – and Roberto Martinez looks to have lined up a replacement…

If anyone doubted that money would talk, Chelsea appear set to get their man sooner or later. Roberto Martinez is braced for an increased big of £26m in the next day or two for John Stones. Everton have placed a £34m price tag on the 21-year-old center-back but you suspect would settle for something midway between the two. Meanwhile, £10m of the fee looks to have been allocated to Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk. Martinez acknowledged that his squad was not complete and that central defence is a problem position. But whether the Dutch center-back is a replacement or reinforcement will become clear soon.
Source: The Mirror
Jul 27 - 6:25 AM

According to Jose Mourinho, Chelsea have not made another bid for defender John Stones.

Mourinho is giving the media mixed messages and the final one is that there is no new bid for Everton defender John Stones. It's very possible that Chelsea have been deterred by the big valuation of the player and Mourinho claims he is more than comfortable entering the season with his current squad. The Blues have John Terry and Gary Cahill at center-back and a capable youngster in Kurt Zouma as backup, so it's very possible they decide the money is not worth it for John Stones. This story is likely far from over, so keep checking back for news.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 23 - 5:15 PM

John Stones’s England team-mate Gary Cahill has urged the 21-year-old to leave Everton as Chelsea prepare a £32 million bid…

Safe to say that Gary Cahill will not on Roberto Martinez’s Christmas card list this year. The Everton boss has already reacted angrily to Chelsea’s public courting of his prized center-back. An initial bid of £20m was rejected, but no-one anticipates the story to end there. Jose Mourinho has said he expects to pay a record fee (or around £32) to get his man, indicating he is happy to do so. But roping in your players to grease the wheels never hurts either. All managers dread their talented young players getting international call ups. Not because of the extra matches, but because it exposes them to players at bigger clubs and talk inevitably turns to wages. Sometimes players will have instructions to ‘sound out’ a particular player, to see if he’s happy. But even if that is not that case, once a player hears what he could be earning elsewhere heads can be turned. And in the absence of an international meet up, you can always turn to the media…
Source: The Guardian
Jul 23 - 4:57 AM

Everton’s hopes for success this season and whether their players are worth investing in for Fantasy League managers look to depend on holding onto John Stones…

With Jose Mourinho casually speculating that he might be forced to shell out a record fee for John Stones. And rumors on Merseyside that the player himself wants to talk to Chelsea, the die looks cast for Everton. But this could be detrimental to the FL value of all Everton players. For a start, John Stones loses all appeal if he is sat on Chelsea’s bench. Jose is no ‘tinker man’ and John Terry and Gary Cahill will take some shifting. Plus, he will need replacing. His departure will leave Everton down to one senior center-back. Phil Jagielka may well have out-performed Leighton Baines and Romelu Lukaku last season (in pl.com) but he will a defensive partner and they are not easy to come by (ask Louis van Gaal). A sub-standard one and the value of Tim Howard, Seamus Coleman, Jagielka and Baines diminishes. Roberto Martinez isn’t the only manager sweating at the moment…
Jul 22 - 6:44 AM

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is braced for an improved bid from Chelsea for center-back John Stones, thought to be in the region of £26 million…

Despite insisting that John Stones is not for sale, Everton’s resolve – and their summer mantra that they are no longer a selling club – will be challenged this week when Chelsea return with an improved bid. The initial £20m was rejected flat. The reaction to an increase to £26m will be interesting. If the ‘not for sale’ message then becomes a ‘not for sale… even for £XXm’, we will know that Stones has a price and – more importantly – Chelsea will know what that price is. If that’s the case, Roberto Martinez might consider the compromise of taking Stones back on loan for the season. John Terry played every minute of every match last season and will not be ready to step aside just yet. Nor would Jose want him to. He and Gary Cahill are very much the first choice and 20-year-old Kurt Zouma has done nothing wrong in his handful (seven) of starts. Sitting on Chelsea’s bench will not do his Euro 2016 chances or his FL managers any good.
Source: The Express
Jul 20 - 6:26 AM

Jose Mourinho has reacted to criticism from Robert Martinez over Chelsea’s approach for Everton center-back John Stones…

Well, Jose wasn’t about to let it go was he? Everton boss Roberto Martinez is bound to be twitchy about the prospect of losing John Stones. Everton are down to just two senior center-backs and have been working hard to add another. In recent weeks they have been heavily linked with Crytal Palace’s Scott Dann, Manchester United’s Jonny Evans and former United skipper Nemanja Vidic. Chelsea’s initial £20m offer for Stones was rejected and Martinez insists Everton are not a ‘selling’ club. But must expect further bids following Mourniho’s comments: ‘When the transfer window is open, every club and player is open to bids. If I don’t want to accept an offer, I say "I don’t accept any offer". He can make it very easy.’ With another five weeks before the window closes, expect this one to run and run…
Source: bbc.co.uk
Jul 19 - 6:53 AM

Chelsea’s £20 million bid for John Stones has triggered enquiries from both Manchester City and United…

Roberto Martinez’s pre-season plans could about to be thrown into chaos with a bidding war breaking out over center-back John Stones. Chelsea’s initial £20m bid for the 21-year-old has been rejected by Everton, but they are braced for a further attempt from Chelsea – and bids from both Manchester clubs. Martinez has been linked with United’s Jonny Evans and given Everton’s current lack of central defensive cover, the offer of cash plus player exchange might give United the edge. City are keen to add young, homegrown talent and have demonstrated with both Sterling and Delph they have ways and means of getting their man. And Champions Chelsea are yet to spend this summer and can offer young Stones the opportunity to step into John Terry’s shoes (after perhaps a season or so in his shadow). Stones signed a new £30k-a-week contract last year and has been handed the number 5 shirt for the new season. The next couple of weeks will speak volumes about his and Everton’s ambitions.
Jul 17 - 3:39 PM

Everton are eyeing up an £8 million move for Manchester United center-back Jonny Evans…

Everton are reportedly considering a bid for Manchester United’s Jonny Evans, who appears increasing surplus to requirements at Old Trafford. The 27-year-old center-back has been a regular in the first-team over the last five seasons, without ever making the position his own. He played second fiddle to stalwarts Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand during the Fergie era. Injuries hampered his progression under David Moyes and his six-match ban for spitting at the end of last season limited his chances to impress LVG. Both Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have signed new deals recently and United are still being heavily linked with center-backs Sergio Ramos and Nicolas Otamendi. Roberto Martinez is an admirer of Evans and looking for cover for John Stones and Phil Jagielka, so a move to Merseyside looks a solid option. United are thought to want £10m but Everton will not offer more than £8m.
Jul 17 - 4:13 AM

Everton’s England Under 21 international John Stones is getting admiring glances from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho…

Everton are bracing themselves for a bid from Chelsea for centre back John Stones. He is currently with the Under 21s in the European Championships, but made his breakthrough into the senior squad this season. His elegant style, pace and ability on the ball has drawn comparisons with Real Madrid’s Rafael Varane – another central defender apparently on Jose Mourinho’s wanted list. Everton boss Roberto Martinez would hate to lose Stones after establishing himself at the heart of the back four, but money talks and Everton are usually ready to listen. A fee in the region of £15 million would be very hard to resist.
Source: The Express
Jun 21 - 5:34 AM

John Stones has been ruled out of England's first two matches in the U21 Euro Championships with concussion-like symptoms.

The details are a little murky but it sounds like Stones will miss out on England's matches with Portugal and Sweden. New concussion protocols dictate that Stones miss the two matches both of which he likely would have started if healthy. Ben Gibson of Middlesbrough appears to have the inside track on replacing Stones in the starting line-up in the first two matches. England kick off tournament action today (Thursday) against Portugal.
Source: espnfc.com
Jun 18 - 11:52 AM

Everton put on a dynamic display against Manchester United, beating them at Goodison Park for the third consecutive season in a 3-0 win.

The Toffees jumped ahead early when James McCarthy cleaned up a cross meant for Romelu Lukaku and scored inside of five minutes. Manchester United didn't seem to have a response and as the first half wore on, you felt another Everton goal was coming. It did in the 35th minute when John Stones headed home a Leighton Baines corner, giving the young center back his first top flight goal and a monster fantasy day. The Toffees did well to never take their foot off the gas and Kevin Mirallas put the game to bed by scoring from the bench. It has been a rocky season at Goodison but Everton look to end the season on a strong note.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 26 - 10:28 AM

Roberto Martinez will have several players unavailable to him when Everton host Dynamo Kiev this evening, as well as doubts concerning John Stones and Leon Osman.

Already ruled out of the Europa clash are Leighton Baines, Bryan Oviedo, Tony Hibbert, Steven Pienaar and Aiden McGeady so those five men are already doubts for the next league match on Sunday against Newcastle. Osman isn't a reliable fantasy option but Stones is so his status is worth monitoring as team news is released later. Should he fail to recover in time for Sunday, Sylvain Distin will likely start.