Report: Chelsea made surprise move for Man City defender John Stones

Chelsea are reportedly plotting to make a move for Manchester City defender John Stones as Frank Lampard keen to strengthen his back-line options ahead of next season.

The Blues are said to be hopeful of securing Stones’ signature in a cut price deal, after the England defender fell further down the City pecking order following the recent £41million signing of Nathan Ake.

Chelsea will approach Manchester City with opening gambit of £20million for the out-of-favour Stones, according to the Mirror, which is less than half what City paid for the 26-year-old in 2016.

It is reported that Manchester City are willing to take a loss on Stones in order to free up the defence for fresh personnel, though it is unknown how much they are willing to subtract from the £47m they paid to Everton to get their man.

Frank Lampard has made it a priority to overhaul Chelsea’s leaking defence this summer, as he looks to make serious investment in the transfer market.

The Chelsea legend turned manager is reported to be keen to get the best out of John Stones, who he briefly played alongside during his England days.

Chelsea have already secured the high profile signings of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner for the coming season, though Frank Lampard has showed no signs of slowing up with his spending spree.

The west London club remain heavily linked with a move for Bayer Leverkusen’s wonderkid Kai Havertz, while West Ham’s defensive midfield Declan Rice is firmly on the radar.

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