Chelsea have been told to snap up out-of-favour Manchester City defender John Stones as he is a “success story waiting to happen”, says Paul Merson.
Frank Lampard is seeking to improve a number of areas this summer, but there is a feeling that he will need to delve into that transfer kitty and land a central defender in order to help solve the defensive issues at the club.
We let over 50 goals in the Premier League last season and Frank Lampard knows that he needs to sort out this back-line if he is to take the club back into the habit of winning the biggest trophies.
And recent reports in the Daily Mirror claim Frank Lampard is ready to sanction a £20 million offer to try and acquire the services of Stones this summer, as he finally seeks to solve his issues at the back, which are why we would not challenge for that Premier League title next season.
Stones is one of the best ball-playing defenders in the Premier League but has had troubles with injuries over the past few months and with the arrivals that are expected at City, he knows that he needs to make a move away from the club in order to save his career at the top level.
No the former Arsenal legend believes £47.5million Manchester City misfit Stones could be the ideal man to strengthen Blues’ backline, He told the Daily Star: “Chelsea should go and get John Stones because there is a success story there waiting to happen.
“I’ve said all along Stones would do well there. And they should go and get him now. He has no future at City.
“Stones is homegrown. He’s an England international. He has plenty of experience. But he’s still young. He ticks a lot of boxes.
“He’s just like David Luiz, who was phenomenal for Chelsea when Antonio Conte played him in the middle of a three.”