John Stones must not be sold to Chelsea at any price

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ToffeeWeb's Lyndon Lloyd argues that a 30m deal would represent a steal for the Premier League champions and that Roberto Martinez and Bill Kenwright must resist all bids for a defender who could lead the Blues for many years to come.

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Paul Kossoff
1 Posted 21/07/2015 at 18:08:53
Sportsmole saying Stones wants to join Chelsea, and Everton want £30m and defender on loan Kurt Zouma.
Neil Thomas
2 Posted 21/07/2015 at 18:17:21
What is the point of having Zouma on loan? Permanent deal plus £15m yes, but loan for 1 season is pointless. That's just a case of us giving the lad a seasons worth of free coaching. And as for Moses thrown in, that's a joke. That's like us offering £20m for Costa and saying we will loan them McGeady. They would laugh in our face, so what's the difference? Is it because it's Chelsea or lord almighty Mourinho?
Paul Kossoff
3 Posted 21/07/2015 at 19:21:06
I agree, Neil: £40M for John Stones and write the Lukaku owed off, I would take. We have let two cbs go and not replaced, also with Galloway and Browning off on loan we are sorely down on players. I just hope uncle Bill and the board aren't doing this season on the cheap or we could end up going down.
Bob Parrington
4 Posted 21/07/2015 at 19:28:33
My view – nothing less than £45M, no trade of second-hand players. This big money club game is the pits.
Paul Kossoff
5 Posted 21/07/2015 at 19:43:50
Bob, more like the big money clubs ARE the pits.
Dave Lynch
6 Posted 21/07/2015 at 19:49:27
Bill is probably getting a stiffie on as we speak.

£34 million and my bet he's been sold already; oh the fucking joys of being an Evertonian.

Declan Brown
7 Posted 21/07/2015 at 19:50:49
If that's journalism, that's the best bit that rag will see on its pages for many years to come. Well said, Lyndon, you're a good writer and a credit to this website. Glad your talent got you a shot at one of the national rags. It's a pity the Echo didn't have more like yourself in its sports section.

I liked the article; we must keep Stones, but this is Everton and Kenwright. I fear the worst, it feels like it's inevitable now. Jose won't let this go, his ego couldn't take it, all the more reason to keep him as long as Stones wants to stay. £30m?

Like the Rooney sale, it's far too cheap, if City paid £49m for Sterling and his potential, £30m for Stones is a steal... come on, Kenwright, come out and say he's not for sale, even if privately you know he may go next summer.

This stuff makes the heart sink, frigging Chelsea of all clubs, that shower of...

Karl Jones
8 Posted 21/07/2015 at 20:00:31
Everton must've known before Christmas that Distin and Alcaraz would be gone. You would have thought that, after last season's proclamation from Martinez after the many defensive calamities: "We will learn from our mistakes", that at least one replacement would have been lined up and signed by now... But it now looks as though it will be Jags and god knows who else. They will have three weeks or less to form a cohesive partnership.

This is terrible management from Everton as a whole, not just Martinez (Where the fuck is Kenwright?). We have a squad with too many wingers and CMFs and I really fear for us this season. We are in a right mess.

James Ridley
9 Posted 21/07/2015 at 20:25:29
Great points Karl! Martinez said ages ago he had identified his summer targets and everyone was working on them and had done their homework..... few weeks to go a freebie (Cleverley) and I believe a player who, if he had made the grade at Seville, would be no where near Everton (Deulofeu). Hardly top grade homework.

Moyes was frustating in the market and Martinez has clearly carried on where he left off..... one common denominator.... Bill Kenwright!

Ken Buckley
10 Posted 21/07/2015 at 20:31:20
These type of transfer rumours always intrigue me. Figures are bandied about as if gospel yet are different depending where you read or hear them.

Players offered as make-weights are also named yet they are different again depending where you read or hear them.

The clubs' owners themselves say nothing yet their managers do. The bidding club manager saying a bid has been made and the receiving club manager expressing disappointment at such behaviour.

Newspapers, social media and websites go into meltdown quoting figures and strategies that they cannot possibly know about because neither board has made any official statement.

I wonder in our case if the player in question has ever wondered why only one club is bidding for him? And would he not be better served to prove himself further and perhaps have a few more of the regular Champions League semi-final clubs interested and giving him a far better choice? He doesn't seem to have thought of that as the media would have us believe he has said he wants to go to the lone club. I wonder who told them?

All this makes for good conversation and argument yet in the main we are embroiled in a situation so dear to our hearts that the fact we know nothing officially bears no barrier to heated utterances based on speculation.

The media and fans join in and love it yet all must know deep down that we will only know the real outcome once the player has waved his shirt in one direction or the other.

For what it is worth, I think we may well keep him for a while if only for the reason our club must know if they buckle to this hostile bid then Coleman, McCarthy, Barkley and Lukaku could well be next for the head turning attempts. Lose those four and they might lose half the crowd.

Still all exciting stuff to keep the Room of Nonsense well ticking over until August 8th.


Rob Dolby
11 Posted 21/07/2015 at 22:23:18
Big test this for Roberto. Every player has his price, I think he will be sold and then we see what Roberto is made of.

He has to buy a solid defender regardless of the sale. Another Alcaraz type would be a disaster.

Dave Williams
12 Posted 22/07/2015 at 23:01:28
Believe nothing until it is fact!

The papers have to fill their back pages and hacks will invent stories to generate sales. Soon a story will gather pace and appear everywhere and before you know it a previously content player will find himself being drawn to a move under pressure from papers, internet and a agent greedy for the biggest payday of his life.

Everton have said he is not for sale - they don't need to keep repeating it. I am waiting for both Mancs to enter the bidding as they both need a good young centre back and if they do we may have a very lucrative auction on our hands.

As fans we will all want him to stay but as businessmen I think most would sell for £40m. He is a great prospect but will he make mistakes next season - yes he will .Will some strikers bully him - yes they will. We can improve the defence if we replace him with the right player and if we then have a lump of the cash left we can afford a decent No 10 and improve the balance sheet which we have to do in order to build for the long term.

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