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Chelsea 'prepared to spend £20m on Manchester City's John Stones'

Chelsea 'prepared to spend £20m on John Stones'
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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is reportedly keen to secure the signature of Manchester City defender John Stones in a £20m deal.

Chelsea are reportedly weighing up a £20m swoop for out-of-favour Manchester City defender John Stones.

The England international has fallen down the pecking order under Pep Guardiola and was restricted to just 16 Premier League appearances during the 2019-20 campaign.

Furthermore, with the recent arrival of Nathan Ake from Bournemouth on a five-year deal, it is looking increasingly likely that Stones will head for the Etihad exit door this summer.

According to The Mirror, Frank Lampard is an admirer of the centre-back and believes that Stones can come good at Stamford Bridge.

However, the report claims that Chelsea will refuse to pay more than £20m for the 26-year-old, who joined Man City from Everton in a £47m deal back in 2016.

The former Barnsley man will see his current contract at the Etihad run out in 2022.

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