Arsenal set to make approach for £47.5m-rated English defender

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Chelsea are reportedly planning a summer move for Manchester City defender John Stones.

Arsenal and Newcastle United have also been mentioned as potential candidates for a player who has won two Premier League trophies, two EFL Cups and one FA Cup during his time with the Citizens.

The 26-year-old Englishman has only played 16 Premier League games for Pep Guardiola’s side this campaign, having fallen down the pecking order at Etihad Stadium.

John Stones is in the final two years of his current deal with the Citizens, meanwhile, and there have been reports that he could depart from Pep Guardiola’s side in search of pastures new.

According to Football Insider, the Blues have identified the ex-Barnsley youngster as a potential signing during the summer transfer window

The report suggests that Frank Lampard’s side have internally discussed the possibility of securing the services of John Stones as they look to bring a new centre-back to Stamford Bridge ahead of the 2020-21 season.

Arsenal meanwhile are in the market for defensive reinforcements with Shkodran Mustafi and David Luiz struggle to show their top form for the Mikel Arteta’s side this campaign.