Paul Merson explains why Frank Lampard should sign Manchester City defender John Stones for Chelsea

Paul Merson has urged Chelsea to sign Manchester City defender John Stones
Paul Merson has urged Chelsea to sign Manchester City defender John Stones (Picture: Sky Sports)

Paul Merson has urged Frank Lampard to sign John Stones and says the Manchester City defender can be a ‘success story’ at Chelsea.

Stones is widely expected to leave the Etihad this summer having fallen down the pecking order at Man City and has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

Lampard is keen to bolster his defensive options and is looking at the likes of Declan Rice, Ben White and Lewis Dunk as well as England international Stones.

Former Arsenal and England star Merson told StarSport: ‘Chelsea should go and get John Stones because there is a success story there waiting to happen.

‘When you hear they have put defenders like Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen up for sale, you can see they need a centre back.

‘I’ve said all along Stones would do well there. And they should go and get him now. He has no future at City.

Stones has been heavily linked with a move away from Man City
Stones has been heavily linked with a move away from Man City (Picture: Getty)

‘Guardiola was playing a midfielder, Fernandinho, ahead of him last season, and a defender in Eric Garcia who wants to leave the club!

‘I’d be amazed if he was still there by the end of this window. But lots of clubs should be looking at him.

‘Stones is homegrown. He’s an England international. He has plenty of experience. But he’s still young. He ticks a lot of boxes.

‘You play him in a three and he ca play it out for you and get them going. He would be one of the best defenders around in a three.

‘He’s just like David Luiz, who was phenomenal for Chelsea when Antonio Conte played him in the middle of a three.’

Chelsea manager Lampard has already signed Germany striker Timo Werner and Morocco international Hakim Ziyech this summer.

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