Everton defender John Stones will be offered a new contract by Everton, but the player will insist upon a buy-out clause.
Everton rejected significant interest from Chelsea this summer, with Roberto Martinez repeatedly insisting that Stones would not be sold.
Eventually, the defender submitted a transfer request and asked the club to listen to Chelsea’s offers. Martinez dismissed this as the actions of a player who had simply had his head turned.
Stones only signed a new five-year deal last summer, but Everton want to give him a pay-rise in order to try and keep the England international happy.
For his part, Stones is reported to be insisting upon an escape clause dictating that Everton would accept an offer matching that of Chelsea’s final summer bid – £37m.
The concern for Everton is that Stones will agitate further for a move both in January and next summer if the clause is not included, and thus the contract not signed.
Stones has started 42 Premier League games since moving from Barnsley in 2012. His only league goal came against Manchester United in April.