Everton playing hardball over big money stars

NewspapersSaturday’s newspapers will feature headlines about two Everton players who are wanted by other clubs, with the stories saying that the Blues are holding out for huge fees for their prized assets.

The Express says that Everton’s £50m demand for John Stones has put Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola off making any offers as he feels £40m is enough to land the England international, while the Mirror claims Everton are holding out for £75m for Romelu Lukaku and say that Chelsea have had a bid of £57m rejected by the Blues.

The £75m figure for Lukaku has long been one that has been mentioned by people within Goodison Park, while £50m for John Stones seems to fall in line with what the Everton board value him at.

Last summer, the line out of Everton was that John Stones was “not for sale at any price” but after he handed in a transfer request and endured a tough second season in the Premier League, that line appears to have softened.

Lukaku, it is claimed, has said that he has “unfinished business” at Chelsea after failing to score in 15 senior appearances over the three years he was on their books.

Everton, though, are in no desperate hurry to sell either player.

Even before the investment from Farhad Moshiri, the Blues were in a strong enough position to reject offers of £40m from Cheslea for Stones, and now, backed by both Moshiri and the new TV deals, there is no desire to sell either player unless offers close to the figures mentioned above come in.

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