Chelsea want to sign Ross Barkley & John Stones

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Chelsea have placed Everton youngsters John Stones and Ross Barkley on their summer shortlist, reports the Daily Mirror.

Jose Mourinho is planning to gut his Chelsea squad this summer and is looking to replace a number of outgoing stars with young bucklings and world-class alternatives.

Alongside major additions, like Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid, Chelsea are also looking towards the long-term and see Barkley and Stones as potential mainstays in the team for years to come.

However, the Mirror report that Chelsea will only make a move if they receive encouragement from the players' representatives that they want to move Stamford Bridge.

Barkley is likely to be the more expensive of the two with reports linking the midfielder with a £38m move to Liverpool earlier this month. He has also been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United. But with David Moyes now out on his heels, it is unsure whether Old Trafford officials are still interested in a move for Barkley.

Louis van Gaal is set to take charge following Moyes' dismissal and it seems the impetus will be on hiring established stars to help Manchester United back into the Champions League.

Chelsea will also face strong competition if they decide to move for Stones, who has been attracting interest from Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger is resigned to the fact that Bacary Sagna will leave when his contract expires in June and is looking a potential long-term replacements.

Stones can play in either a central of right-back position, excelling in the former under Roberto Martinez this season.

Like Manchester United and Chelsea, the priority for Wenger is signing established stars with a world-class striker desperately needed at the Emirates Stadium.

However, with Thomas Vermaelen's future unclear and Arsenal lacking defensive reinforcements, Wenger's priorities could quickly change to signing the versatile Stones, especially if Chelsea are hot on his heels as well.

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