Man Utd Determined To Beat Chelsea To Signing Of £50m-Rated International
Incoming Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is determined to beat Chelsea to the signing of Everton’s £50m-rated centre-back John Stones this summer.
The opening of the summer transfer window is fast approaching so we’ll bring you all the latest transfer rumours and gossip from around the globe. Today, Man Utd and Chelsea are linked with John Stones….
Incoming Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is determined to beat Chelsea to the signing of Everton’s £50m-rated centre-back John Stones this summer, according to the Evening Standard.
Mourinho is widely expected to be confirmed as Louis van Gaal’s replacement after the Dutchman was sacked on Monday following a disappointing campaign that saw United miss out on Champions League qualification.
Sky Sports News are reporting that the Portuguese coach has now agreed personal terms following discussions with United officials on Tuesday with image rights the only stumbling block preventing Mourinho from becoming the new boss at Old Trafford.
Once the move is confirmed, Mourinho is expected to busy in the transfer market this summer as he’s got to rebuild the squad he’s inheriting from van Gaal and a new centre-back is likely to be a priority as Daley Blind was forced to fill-in alongside Chris Smalling last season.
It looks as though the so-called ‘Special One’ has already been working on his transfer targets as the Evening Standard claim that Mourinho has put Chelsea target John Stones high on his list of priorities.
Mourinho missed out on signing Stones for Chelsea last summer after they failed to agree a fee with Everton but he’s understood to be determined to get his man this time around with the newspaper suggesting he wants United officials to begin negotiations right away.
However, the Evening Standard claim that Chelsea are expected to renew their interest in the 21-year-old defender but Everton will hope to play the two clubs off against eachother and demand around £50m for his signature this summer.
New Blues boss Antonio Conte is also set for a busy summer in the transfer market rebuilding the Chelsea squad following a disastrous campaign and a long-term successor to John Terry is going to be needed.
Stones is widely regarded as one of the most promising young defenders in European football so it’s easy to understand why Chelsea and United are keen on luring him away from Goodison Park this summer.
The defender did suffer a dip in form during the second half of the season but he has huge potential and is expected to play a key role for Roy Hodgson’s England team at this summers European Championships.
It’s highly unlikely any move will be completed before Euro 2016 kicks off on June 10th, but I’m sure negotiations will take place over the coming weeks with Chelsea and United ready to battle-it-out over Stones’ signature.
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