Chelsea are interested in signing Everton full back John Stones, should Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane not leave the Bernabeu this summer.
Stones has three years left on his contract, but is attracting increasing attention, according to the London Evening Standard.
Varane on the other hand, is reportedly manager Jose Mourinho’s first choice. However, he is looking to be an increasingly tough signature, as he has climbed up the pecking order at Los Blancos in recent months. This in turn makes the the Frenchman’s signature look more and more unlikely.
The Blues’ cause is hindered further by the fact that 21-year old Varane has a contract at Real until 2020.
Stones is considered as a Plan B, but has impressed on Merseyside after joining the Toffees from Barnsley for £3 million in 2013.
The 20-year old also has four senior England caps to his name, with his signature helping Chelsea to conform to Home Grown Players rules.
He still has three years left on his current deal at Goodison Park, with Everton reportedly asking for a minimum of £20 million for his signature.