After impressing at the U-21 tournament, John Stones is viewed as a rising star among defenders. Can he cut it at Stamford Bridge?
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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is looking to make a contingency plan on a big defensive transfer by making a bid for Everton star defender John Stones.
According to the Express, although Mourinho has his eye on Real Madrid center back Raphael Varane, he sees the 21-year-old sensation as a suitable replacement should Varane fall out of reach. Though at a club valuation of £20 million, Everton is looking to make a massive profit on the £3 million investment they made in Stones when they initially purchased him from Barnsley FC in 2013.
Chelsea captain John Terry had a glowing review on Stones despite the England U-21 squad’s struggles in the FIFA tournament.
Terry told talkSPORT, “I have seen a lot of games and I am a big fan of his… He pulls wide of the box and wants the ball and for a young defender to do that in the Premier League takes some guts.”
Last season with Everton, during which the club finished 11th on the Premier League table, Stones won 68% of his tackles and won 63% of his headers while tacking on a goal and just three defensive errors.