Much talk over the last week is the future of Everton’s John Stones. The 21 year old England defender has been linked with a move to Chelsea continuously and a move really does look inevitable especially after Stones handing in a transfer request. The 25 million bid and 30 million bid should have been enough to get him, but this theory that young English players command more money is total nonsense and needs to be put to bed.
The problem is Chelsea have been exposed at this early stage of the season, Matic has had a terrible time of it at the start of the season which has really shown the cracks in the heart of the Chelsea defence. Kurt Zouma is there alternative to the central pairing of John Terry and Gary Cahil, who for a while now have really got away with their mistakes and lack of certain credentials. Does Mourinho have an alternative to John Stones, a plan b? It doesn’t seem that way this pursuit is dragging on and if they can’t resolve it then time will run out and they will be left in trouble.
At 21 as well Samuel Umtiti is seen as a future France international. The Lyon centre half can also play at left back but his commanding size and stature brings him inside more often than not; his pace is beneficial at the heart of the defence and exactly what Chelsea need. Umtiti would command a hefty fee but nowhere is the region of the one they have looked to pay for Stones, at this late stage of the window though Lyon would be hard pushed to sell such a key asset.
The French international is never far off Jose Mourinho’s radar and a late bid this window could be on the cards. At 22 he has everything in his game to be the best defender in the world and Jose knows that. He wouldn’t come cheap however, he potentially would cost more than Stones and that should be the case. Already established in the France national side Varane would be a great signing but at this stage would be hard to see such a move.
Another French defender and again he is only 21. The Athletic Bilbao centre half seems to have been around for a long time now after making his breakthrough in 2012. He has yet to receive an international call up from France but this shouldn’t be too far away. He possesses great awareness and has pace at the back. His reading of the game for such a young age is top class and he is great on the half turn (something that John Terry certainly is not). Laporte has been heavily linked the last few summers with clubs still searching his name could yet keep popping up. A reported 33 million is his buyout clause, surely a chance worth taking for Jose to improve his extremely shaky defence.
John Stones would be the name everyone is expecting to join the champions but if Everton have their way then Chelsea needs to get moving on an alternative option. All go at Stamford Bridge these coming days.