Arsenal are lining up a shock summer move for Everton starlet John Stones, according to reports from The Metro.

The 19-year-old defender has recently become a key member of the Toffees’ starting XI, seizing the opportunity handed to him by Roberto Martinez in the absence of Phil Jagielka.

He starred in the weekend win over Arsenal at Goodison Park with an assured performance to help his side keep a clean sheet and take the momentum in the race for the top four away from the Gunners.

This appears to have alerted Arsene Wenger, who is a long-term admirer of the teenager.

The Emirates Stadium chief was aware of Stones during his time at Barnsley, and has scouts assessing him before his switch to Everton.

It is now understood that the Frenchman is to keep tabs on the youngster between now and the end of the season as he plans a possible future move for his signature.

Stones is renowned for his powerful, tough-tackling approach and has earned much praise for his ability to fill in at right-back or his preferred central defensive role.

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