Barcelona, along with a number of Premier League clubs, are keen admirers of John Stones. The Blaugrana have been fans of Stones since the summer of 2014 and it seems the feelings are mutual after it was revealed by the Sun that the England international is taking Spanish lessons.
Of course, it could just be a coincidence, but an educated guess would lead to the conclusion the 21-year-old was preparing for a move to theCamp Nou next season.
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Roberto Martinez has insisted his prized asset will not be leaving the club in January, but a summer transfer is a distinct possibility.
It was revealed earlier in the year that Barca were interested in signing Stones in the summer of 2014 before opting for Thomas Vermaelen and Jeremy Mathieu.
In the ensuing season-and-a-half, the former Barnsley man has blossomed into one of the world's most promising defenders under Martinez.
So good, in fact, that Gerard Pique included him in his world XI alongside himself and Sergio Ramos. High praise for such a young player, and it is easy to see why the Catalan outfit are interested.
But Chelsea will not give up in their chase of Stones and, following four failed attempts in the summer, are likely to rekindle their interest in January.
Stones has the world at his feet and has a number of options to choose from, but the bright lights of Barcelona and the chance to play with some of the biggest names in world football is definitely a huge selling point.
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