Have Chelsea Finally Found A Way To £38m Target?

John Stones has reportedly asked for a release clause in his new contract.
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John Stones has reportedly asked for a release clause in his new contract.

The transfer saga surrounding Everton and England defender John Stones was one of the key stories of the summer, with the defender handing in a transfer request amidst heavy Chelsea interest and several big money bids which Everton rejected.

He remains a part of Roberto Martinez's plans and the Toffees are looking to tie him down to a new, lucrative contract. But Stones is seeking a release clause to be inserted into his contract, according to the Daily Mail.

Chelsea still hold an interest in the England international, and are likely to return with further bids either in January. Mourinho is monitoring the situation, as Stones current deal, believed to be worth £30,000 per week, could be doubled if he signs a new contract with the Merseyside club. 

Everton are keen to keep hold of him, and are reluctant to sell, particularly in January, and Chelsea may have to wait until next summer to get their man. Negotiations next season could be tricky, with England qualifying for Euro 2016 and Stones an integral part of Roy Hodgson's squad, Everton will be hoping to retain his services.