Chelsea transfer bosses urged to sign 'success waiting to happen' in Man City outcast John Stones by Paul Merson

CHELSEA have been told to snap up out-of-favour Manchester City defender John Stones as he is a "success story waiting to happen", says Paul Merson.

The former Arsenal legend believes £47.5million Manchester City misfit Stones could be the ideal man to strengthen Blues' backline.

Ironically, Merse's old side Arsenal were linked with the England international, along with West Ham.

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Stones, tipped at one stage of his career to become a world star as a ball-playing centre-half, has had an almighty fall from grace.

The former Everton defender was dropped by England after some high-profile clangers, notably in the Uefa Nations League semi-final against Holland in 2019.

He has also boobed in matches for City, falling down the pecking order and even Spanish teenager Eric Garcia usurped him in the first-team ranks at the Etihad.

Stones, 26, has revealed he hopes to stay at the Etihad, despite falling out of favour with boss Pep Guardiola.

But it is believed City will sell him if they can get a decent fee.

And Merson thinks he can rebuild his career and get back to the very top.

He told the Daily Star: "Chelsea should go and get John Stones because there is a success story there waiting to happen.

“I’ve said all along Stones would do well there. And they should go and get him now. He has no future at City.

“Stones is homegrown. He’s an England international. He has plenty of experience. But he’s still young. He ticks a lot of boxes.

"He’s just like David Luiz, who was phenomenal for Chelsea when Antonio Conte played him in the middle of a three.”

Lampard has made a centre-half one of his top priorities.

He has been linked with Brighton's Lewis Dunk and Paris Saint-Germain's Brazil powerhouse Thiago Silva.

Lamps would also like to bring West Ham's Declan Rice back to Stamford Bridge and play him at centre-half, where he started his career.

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