Date:28th July 2020 at 5:44pm
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Chelsea have been urged to sign Manchester City defender John Stones and sell ‘problem player’ Marcos Alonso, according to Paul Merson speaking on SkySports

Frank Lampard’s side have enjoyed a fantastic season having qualified for the Champions League in 4th place and reaching the FA Cup final against Arsenal on Saturday.

The Blues have already announced the signings of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner has they attempt to improve again next campaign.

However, ex-Arsenal man Paul Merson has urged them to swop for Manchester City defender and England international John Stones.

“I’d go and get John Stones for that, and play him in the middle of the three. Then I’d say have Antonio Rudiger and Christensen either side of them.

“Chelsea love to play out the back, they roll it out every time, so you need someone unbelievably good on the ball.

Paul Merson is always honest with his views.
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Adding: “If you have pace around them, I think it will help Chelsea; I think Stones would be a great buy, and he has to play in a three.

“Stones has the potential to be great, he really has, but he needs the confidence. At the moment Chelsea have three centre-halves that aren’t in the same class as Stones on the ball.

“Marcos Alonso for me needs replacing; he gets vital goals but he’s not a natural defender.”

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