Chelsea transfers: Jose Mourinho urged to sign John Stones

Chelsea target John Stones would improve the Blues's creaking defence, according to Kenny Cunningham

John Stones would help to improve a creaking Chelsea defence, according to Kenny Cunningham.

The Premier League champions have already seen an offer rejected by Everton for the highly-rated England centre-half this summer, with the Blues reportedly submitting a £25m bid.

The Cahill-Terry axis is just creaking a little bit

Kenny Cunningham

The Toffees are believed to be holding out for an offer in excess of £30m for the former Barnsley man, who has also attracted interest from Manchester United in recent weeks.

Chelsea played out a surprise 2-2 draw with Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, as Garry Monk’s pacey attack exposed some defensive frailties in Jose Mourinho’s side.

And former Republic of Ireland centre-half Cunningham reckons Stones would be a good addition amid growing questions surrounding the long-term viability of the Gary Cahill-John Terry partnership.

“If he can get John Stones at centre-half, it will help,” Cunningham told Newstalk’s Off The Ball.

“The Cahill-Terry axis is just creaking a little bit. There was a couple of examples of it last season, but it wasn’t really talked about after the title win.
“On Saturday, they just opened themselves up a little bit.”

Stones was a key part of Matinez’s Everton defence last season as the centre-half scored one goal in 28 games in all competitions last season.

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The Toffees youngster has three-and-a-half years remaining on his current deal after he moved to Everton from Barnsley in a £3m deal in 2013.

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