Chelsea will launch a final improved offer for Everton defender John Stones, potentially be worth £40m, according to the Guardian.
The 21-year-old submitted a transfer request to make a move away from the Goodison Park but the Toffees reiterated that they will not sell the England international to the reigning Premier League champions.
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The Blues have already had three bids rejected for the central defender, the last bid was reported to be worth somewhere in the region of £30m.
However, the report claims that the West London club will lodge a fourth bid of around £40m, an offer which is double their initial valuation of the defender.