In what seems to be another clash of the Titans, EPL heavyweights, Chelsea and Manchester City are currently in the race to sign young Everton central defender John Stones as the summer transfer season nears. The England international, who was brought in to the Goodison Park from Championship side, Barnsley back in 2013 for £3 pounds has now seen worth and value added to his price following a spectacular season at the heart of the Toffees’ defence.
Chelsea once had plans to make a bid for him last summer, but as they weren’t in dire need of a defender back then, nothing happened. But with the club’s captain, John Terry set to play his last season for Chelsea during the next campaign, a need for a long-term replacement for him is a concern to the pensioners. And they see the 20 year-old Stones, who has made a total of 146 clearances in all his 22 EPL features this term, as a worthy replacement.
Meanwhile, as City’s expensive signing of Mangala for a fee of £31.5 million last season has obviously not yielded meaningful results, they are looking at Stones as a solution to their defensive problems. Although they have scored the most goals in the campaign, they have shown weakness at the back.
Stones however has a contract with Everton until 2019, after having signed a contract extension last August, which earns him £30,000 on a weekly basis. With that fees, they might request for more than £20 million from any club that wishes to price their valued asset away from the Goodison park. And with both Chelsea and Manchester City interested in him, he will no doubt have his stocks raised as one of the hottest property in the EPL. The 4-time capped England international has scored once this term, and recorded 25% shot accuracy.