Manchester United are ready to take advantage of sour relationships between Everton and Chelsea to land John Stones this summer, according to The Mirror.
The England international is firmly in the sights of Blues boss Jose Mourinho, who has admitted that the Premier League champions have had a £20 million bid for the centre-half rejected by Roberto Martinez’s men.
The Portuguese coach’s public discussion of his interest in Stones has enraged the Goodison Park club, who believe that the Chelsea manager is trying to unsettle the young defender.
United, who are undergoing a summer of transition and have already added a host of exciting new faces to Louis van Gaal’s squad, are set to make a move for Stones also.
The Old Trafford outfit’s options in the centre of defence have not convinced at times in the recent past, with a dominant enforcer needed to have United challenging for major honours next season.
With Everton annoyed at Chelsea and interested in the Red Devils’ Jonny Evans in return, United are set to make a concerted effort to land Stones before the start of the new season.