Paul Merson makes bold claim about John Stones and Chelsea

Paul Merson makes prediction about the future of Chelsea target John Stones

Paul Merson believes Antonio Conte will make Everton defender John Stones one of his first signings as Chelsea manager.

The 21-year-old centre-half was named in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2016 despite a disappointing end to the season for the defender and Everton.

Stones was heavily linked with a move to Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea last summer but the Toffees rejected numerous approaches from the west London side.

However, former Arsenal fan Merson, who is a self-confessed Chelsea supporter, tipped the Blues to finally land the exciting centre-half this summer.

“I see Stones going to Chelsea personally,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“I think the way Conte plays with a back three, there’s nobody better in Europe that could play in the middle of a three [than Stones]. I don’t think there will be anybody better.”

The 21-year-old made 33 Premier League appearances for the Merseyside outfit in a disappointing season which resulted in Roberto Martinez’s sacking.

Italy head coach Conte is set to take over the reins of the dethroned Premier League champions following this summer’s European championship.

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The Blues finished in ninth place in the Premier League table and a staggering 31 points behind league winners Leicester City.

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