Surprise move as Chelsea place Arsenal target on wanted list

Date published: Saturday 25th July 2020 1:33

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Chelsea have placed Man City defender John Stones on their list of summer transfer targets, says a report.

Football Insider report that Frank Lampard and the club’s recruitment team have discussed a move for the England man and he is on the radar.

The Blues boss is looking for a new centre-back this summer with Antonio Rudiger likely to be made available for transfer.

Lampard is well aware of his side’s defensive vulnerability and says he knows how to put things right.

“I think if you want to become a top coach you have to try to be very aware of all parts of the pitch,” said Lampard.

“Some of the greatest coaches will come from different positions on the pitch, it’s more how aware you are of how you want your team to be collectively, and how you work with them individually.

“And we have a coaching staff as a group which we work very hard to try to be as defensively good as we can be, of course.

“There are lots of mitigating circumstances around that, we’ve conceded too many goals, I’m very aware of it.

 

 

“I feel like I know a lot of the reasons why, and we need to keep working to make sure that we get that down.”

Stones, 26, has two years left on his City deal and he has been linked with a move to join up with Mikel Arteta at Arsenal.

In fact back in March TEAMtalk exclusively revealed that Arteta was keen on a move for Stones this summer.

Chelsea though are also keen on a player, who has experience of playing in back three for England, and who is a competent ball-playing defender.

Stones ‘frustrated’

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He has not managed to get much game time under Pep Guardiola this season and he has started just two matches for City since the Premier League restart.

City will be eager to recoup the £47.5million fee they paid to Everton in 2016, but will more likely have to settle for close to £30million for a player Chelsea think has lost his way.

Whether or not Stones will entertain a move is unclear, but he did admit to being frustrated ahead of the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Arsenal.

He told Sky Sports: “It has been really frustrating from a personal perspective. Injury re-occurrence, then little things like getting injured a few days in after lockdown.

“It’s been frustrating. I’ve tried to stay positive, and be ready when I’m called upon, and I feel I have been.

“Coming back after lockdown, getting fit again, and then coming back in and playing against some tough opponents.”

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