Chelsea weighing up £20m swoop for Manchester City defender

By | August 22, 2020

Chelsea are planning to make £20m move for out-of-favour Manchester City centre-back John Stones, according to the reports from Britain.

The England international has fallen down the pecking order under Pep Guardiola as he has restricted to just 16 Premier League games during the 2019-20 season.

Furthermore, with the recent arrival of Dutch centre-back Nathan Ake from the Cherries on a five-year deal, it is looking increasingly likely that John Stones will head for the Etihad exit door in the summer.

According to The Mirror, Frank Lampard is a huge admirer of the England international defender and believes that Stones can come good at Stamford Bridge.

However, the report suggests that Chelsea will refuse to pay more than £20m for former Everton defender who joined Man City for £47m deal back in 2016.

The ex-Barnsley man will see his current deal at the Etihad Stadium expire in 2022.

Meanwhile, Chelsea centre-back Fikayo Tomori has reportedly emerged as a surprise transfer target for Ligue 1 outfits Rennes.

Despite impressing during the early stages of the campaign, Tomori has played only three games since the restart of the 2019/20 season.

While some of that period has been spent in the treatment room, the 22-year-old defender’s lack of game time departs from some uncertainty over his future at Stamford Bridge.

According to L’Equipe, Ligue1 outfits Rennes are keeping tabs on the situation ahead of potentially making an approach for the England U-21 star.