It seems Chelsea have finally admitted defeat in the pursuit of Everton’s John Stones. This is after reports emerged that Chelsea have lined up other alternatives.According to various reports in the French media, Chelsea are ready to pay the release clause of Manchester United target Aymeric Laporte.
According to the reports, Chelsea have opened discussion for the player and have made it clear to his club Athletic Bilbao that they are ready to pay his €50 million release clause. And should personal terms be agreed with the player, he will in a matter of hours becomes a Chelsea player.
Chelsea have in the last 48 hours been linked to the signing of several centre defenders, Aymen Abdennour and Nicolas Nkoulou have also both been linked. However, should Chelsea sign Laporte, he will be a better option than any of the two since John Stones who would have been the perfect signing is seemingly unavailable.
Having played in the Champions League, at the World Cup and in the Europa League, Laporte have ample experience and should have no problem stepping into the big shoes that will soon be left vacant by John Terry.