Chelsea are reportedly contemplating an approach for defender John Stones

Chelsea are reportedly contemplating an approach for defender John Stones in January.

The Everton defender was subjected to several offers from the Premier League champions in the summer. However, the Everton manager Roberto Martinez was steadfast in his decision that the young defender would not be sold under any circumstance. This proved to be the case since it is believed that Everton rejected a whopping £ 35 million offer from Chelsea. This would have made Stones as the most expensive defender in English football history.

The primary reason for Chelsea being interested in the 21-year-old is the need to find a replacement for John Terry, who is approaching the end of his career at 35. Chelsea have been in poor form since the start of the season as they have already suffered a whopping nine thrilling defeat in the recent match against Leicester City. They are almost certain to fail in the pursuit of a top four spot. However, they are very keen on strengthening the club for the future. Reports suggested that Chelsea could offer an even bigger price for Stones when the January transfer window opens. Martinez, though, has once again categorically stated that the player would not be allowed to leave.

"It doesn't matter if a club come in. We created a squad during the summer to see how far we could go over the season. January doesn't come into consideration.We'll never lose anyone in January, unless it's somebody who hasn't been playing and we need to find a solution.If he's a top performer, it's not even a consideration. When you are right in the middle of a season, I think players understand that you can't sell someone if you can't replace him,” said the Everton manager. Stones has been a permanent fixture in the Everton back four.