Chelsea remain confident of signing Everton defender John Stones despite strained relations between the two clubs over their pursuit of the England international, sources have told ESPN FC.
Chelsea saw an opening bid of £20 million for Stones rejected by Everton last week, but the Premier League champions are set to come back with an improved offer of £26m for the 21-year-old.
Everton have insisted the former Barnsley man is not for sale, with manager Roberto Martinez criticising...
Everton have sold striker Chris Long to Championship side Burnley for an undisclosed fee.
Long, 20, has signed a three-year deal with the Clarets, with an option to extend it by a further 12 months.
He came through Everton's youth setup and made one first team appearance as a late substitute during a Europa League match against Krasnodar in December 2014.
Long had two loan spells...
Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar will miss the start of the Premier League season because of a hamstring injury.
The 33-year-old suffered the setback during a training session, manager Roberto Martinez said.
Pienaar was troubled by injuries throughout last season, making only 11 appearances because of groin and knee problems.
Martinez said he had to send the former South Africa captain home early from their preseason trip to Scotland in order to get treatment.
Pienaar's injury kept him out of Sunday's...