Chelsea confident of beating Man United to highly-rated star

Chelsea are confident of snapping up John Stones from Everton even though the Merseysiders are desperate to keep their man and Manchester United are interested, according to reports from ESPN.

The Blues have emerged as front runners in the race for the 21-year-old in recent weeks, and are believed to be readying an improved offer after seeing an initial £20m bid rebuffed – which has strained the relationship between the two sides.

United have also been aligned with the ex-Barnsley man, but reports claim that the Premier League champions are confident that they will be able top prise him from Everton.

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Everton have remained steadfast in their desire to keep their youngster, however, Chelsea have significant financial muscle and can offer the starlet Champions League football.

Stones is considered to be one of English football’s most promising talents and could be a long-term replacement for John Terry.