Chelsea's interest in Everton defender John Stones has been made public by both parties, with the first bid of £20 millon being rejected "outright" by the Toffees. And if Stones was already excited at the possibility of playing for Chelsea, now he has the sympathy and the support of a fellow Englishman who faced pretty much the same situation before moving to Stamford Bridge: Gary Cahill.
When Chelsea came calling for me, it was an opportunity. It was a chance and looking from the outset you may not be sure how it's going to go but it's one you can't turn down, you have to grab it with both hands. He will look at the club, look at the players, and look at being involved in a squad like ours. Could looking at my list of medals play a part, too? Yes.
Cahill was playing for Bolton before he moved to Chelsea, and knows how difficult it is to make that sort of jump. Having gone through the same experience, he can vouch that Stamford Bridge would be a good place for the young defender to develop. Cahill also believes Stones would be a great addition to Chelsea's squad in terms of personality and potential.
Personality wise he will fit into the group straight away. Potentially he can be a top player, not just for us but also for England. [...] The manager and the scouts make these decisions and he would be a great addition if he does come to Chelsea.
Source: London Evening Standard
His transfer fee seems quite hefty but one could say that this is the current state of the market, especially domestically speaking, where potentially world-class English players are being sold at record-setting transfer rates. And if you take Cahill at his work, Stones would be a perfect fit for the Blues.