Everton Defender John Stones was a subject of 4 bids from Chelsea which was rejected, the centre back joined the Merseyside Blue from Barnsley in 2013 for a little above £3m; and in less than three years saw a £33m bid rejected for his services.
The Blues are said to be ready to turn their attentions to PSG Marquinhos if they can’t sign John Stones.
But Chelsea will be better served if they go all out to sign the English defender.
Stones, 21, will be a better option for Chelsea due to his home grown status; with the FA considering increasing the number of homegrown players a club should have, Stones will be of more benefit to Chelsea than PSG’s Marquinhos.
While Stones will qualify as an association trained homegrown player, Marquinho will be counted as a Non-homegrown player.
Considering the fact that Chelsea had to drop new signing Papy Djilobodji out of its Champions League spot means signing Marquinhos will have a negative effect on one of the club youngsters as they will have to be dropped from the clubs Champions League squad, signing Stones will enable Chelsea register the defender in a home grown slot which the club desperately needs and in turn would increase the overall squad depth.
Also, Stones is Premier League proven. The England international has spent two and half years in the English top flight and has adapted well to the speed of the Premier League and its physicality, while Marquinhos would be coming from the French ligue 1 with a different style to the Premier League.
With the Blues current predicament they need a centre defender who can hit the ground running from the start.
Without doubt both players are quality young defenders with so much potential. Chelsea will go a long way in improving their squad with either Stones or Marquinhos. But it will be interesting to find out who the Blues will finally sign.Follow Football News Arena on Facebook and Twitter for the latest transfer news, injury news, team news and rumours from across the major Leagues in Europe and around the World.