Arsenal ready to win race to sign heavily publicised Chelsea target

Arsenal are claimed in the Metro as looking to sign defender John Stones from Everton.

The 21 year-old was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea during the summer, with the Blues boss Jose Mourinho revealing an interest in his signature.

Three transfer bids are claimed to have been tabled by the Premier League champions, while Stones is claimed to have handed in a transfer request in order to complete his deal, which was turned down.

The centre-back has continued his fine form of last term into this season, and is widely considered to be one of the best young defenders in the modern game.

Barcelona and Manchester United are also believed to be monitoring the situation, but it is Arsenal who are now emerging as likely to move for his signature.

The Gunners are claimed to be willing to pay the substantial fee needed to complete the deal, with Stones likely to be central to their defence for the long-term future.

Updated: November 29, 2015 — 10:41 am
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