Manchester United target star centre-back John Stones

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The Everton centre-back has been heavily linked with Chelsea but Manchester United are now ready to bid for the English star to strengthen their defence ahead of the new season according to the Mirror.

The Everton starlet played at the U21 Euros and has since then been targeted by Chelsea. The Blues have been sending out multiple offers, all of them getting rejected so far.

Following Phil Jones' horrific performance against PSG in the International Champions Cup, it looks like Louis Van Gaal is wants to strengthen his defence by signing John Stones.

As of now, Chelsea are definitely the favourites to sign the centre back as a John Terry replacement. They have made multiple offers and look very determined to sign the Everton man. With Manchester United only just joining the race, they'll have to try and be at Chelsea's level by formulating an offer equal to the previous Chelsea offers.

Manchester United have missed out on Sergio Ramos, who recently signed a new contract at Real Madrid until 2020, as well as Nicolas Otamendi who looks set to stay at Valencia this summer. Chelsea on the other hand have got quite a few centre backs to choose from already with John Terry, Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma all being world class defenders. 

It's important to note that Chelsea's very public approach of John Stones earlier this month was not appreciated at all by the Everton manager and president and this could very well give the Red Devils an advantage over the Blues.

What do Everton get from a deal with Manchester United?

If Everton was to negotiate with the Red Devils, they would not only be getting a hefty sum of money (probably along the lines of £35-40 million) but they could also get defender Jonny Evans in return.

The Northern-Irish centre back is unsettled at Old Trafford and has not featured in Van Gaal's plans and Manchester United could offer him in the deal. Evans has played 131 games with Manchester United in the Premier League so he has quite a lot of experience and he would make up perfectly for the losses of Sylvain Distin and John Stones at Everton.

Overall this would prove to be a good deal for both Everton and Manchester United and it definitely now seems more likely that Manchester United could sign the centre back. It is however important to note that during Everton's pre-season, Roberto Martinez announced in an interview with ESPN FC that he was not interested in Jonny Evans at all and that whatever was in the papers was not correct.

He said: "It's not true. There's nothing. I always said I'm not going to be commenting publicly on any of the names that have been shared around but I can tell you clearly that there is nothing true in that story."

Will John Stones move this summer?

In my opinion, John Stones has no reason to want to leave Everton this season. Despite interest from bigger clubs than Everton, he is a key player with the Toffees and I don't think he would have that squad status at any other big club for now. If Everton really want to make money, then now would be the time to sell as big clubs are coming in with £30-35 million offers. Being only 21, John Stones has a very bright future ahead of him and he has all the time in the world to move away from Goodison Park and doing so now would be a mistake. Everton will also definitely count on him to partner up with Phil Jagielka at the back next season. 

What is interesting about this whole situation is that Everton have shown interest in a couple of centre backs in the Premier League most notably Ashley Williams, captain of Swansea City, but they still want to keep the 21 year old for a bit longer. Indeed, back in September 2014, Roberto Martinez assured that Stones was a natural leader and the future captain of Everton. With Phil Jagielka starting to age, Stones could end up being Everton's captain sooner than anticipated and and that would definitely end any transfer rumours going around. 

As of right now, John Stones is an Everton player and seems like he will stay at Goodison Park, but only time will tell us if Everton will accept any offers despite rejecting a couple that would have broken the British transfer record for a defender.

Everton fans, should Stones stay at the club or should they sell him to get money to buy other players? Let us know in the comments below.

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