Speculation over Ivanovic’s future and Chelsea are tipped to try again for Stones

A round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving Chelsea…

With Everton having refused to sell John Stones before the recent transfer window closed, there is already speculation that Chelsea will try again to sign the England defender when it re-opens in January.

The Sun on Sunday say Chelsea are planning to offer Bertrand Traore to Everton as part of an exchange deal.

The Sunday Mirror, meanwhile, predict that Chelsea will make what would be their fifth attempt to take Stones, 21, to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues will need to bid close to £40m in order to get their man, it is suggested.

The Sunday Mirror also say Branislav Ivanovic could move to the United States at the end of the season.

Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea
Ivanovic has made a poor start to the season

Ivanovic, who turns 32 in February, is in the final year of his contract at Chelsea and it is claimed that New York City – where his former Blues team-mate Frank Lampard plays – and LA Galaxy would want him.

Again it is claimed, this time by the Sunday Times, that Chelsea tried sign Anthony Martial prior to the French teenager’s pre-deadline move to Manchester United from Monaco.

And the Sun on Sunday suggest Martial had been on the radars of Chelsea and Manchester City since the age of 11.