Chelsea are ready to pull the plug on their attempts to land Everton star John Stones.

The Blues tried to sign the 21-year-old four times last summer as a ling ted replacement for John Terry, but had an offer of £37million rejected.

Express Sport understands Chelsea were preparing another bid of around £40m to bring Stones to Stones to Stamford Bridge this summer.

However, Everton hoping to use this interest to their advantage as they look to push the transfer fee over the £50m mark, but Chelsea refuse to get drawn into a bidding war and could focus their transfer interest elsewhere.