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2015/2016 Season

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Roberto Martinez must get Everton back on track after 2014-15 woe

The ESPN FC crew look at the rumours regarding Chelsea and John Stones.

Roberto Martinez endured a poor season with Everton last time out and will be looking to get back to what life was like in his fine debut season. Here's a look at what to expect from Everton as we approach the new campaign.


A repeat of last season's bottom half finish is unthinkable -- Martinez and his players need to improve across the board and ensure they challenge at the right end of the table.

Biggest concern

Preseason focus on John Stones' potential transfer to Chelsea distracts from...

 By Mike Whalley

Chelsea John Stones bid of £26 million rejected by Everton, say sources

ESPN FC's Dan Thomas and Craig Burley discuss the recent reports that Everton have turned down another Chelsea bid for John Stones.
With aging defenders and money to spend, Chelsea have their eye on John Stones, and ESPN FC's Gabriele Marcotti says it's a necessary investment.
ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson ponders if Everton should take the money and run regarding starlet John Stones or hold out for an even larger transfer fee once the new TV deal comes into play.

Everton have rejected a second Chelsea bid of £26 million for John Stones as they battle to keep the England defender.

The Premier League champions made the offer on Tuesday, sources have told ESPN FC.

It came after an initial offer of £20 million was turned down by the Toffees on July 17.

Neither Everton nor Chelsea have made any comment on the latest offer.

But Roberto Martinez said after the first bid was rejected that the 21-year-old centre-back was not for sale.

Martinez sees Stones,...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Romelu Lukaku injured in Everton's win, Chelsea beat Barca on penalties

Everton's 2-0 win against Dundee may have cost the Blues an edge ahead of the season, with striker Romelu Lukaku leaving the pitch early with an injury.

Romelu Lukaku left with an apparent injury as Ross Barkley and Conor McAleny scored in Everton's 2-0 win at Dundee United on Tuesday.

The victory may have come at a cost, however, as Lukaku was substituted after half an hour with what the club called a hamstring injury.

Manager Roberto Martinez downplayed  the incident, however, saying Lukaky was removed as a precaution.

"Rom has obviously been playing a lot of minutes and it was important for him to get some sort of action," Martinez told...