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Chelsea in talks to sign Argentine defensive ROCK as alternative to John Stones

Stamford Bridge side chase South American.

Chelsea have turned their attention to Zenit St Petersburg centre-back Ezequiel Garay in preference to their ongoing move for John Stones according to Italian reporter Gianluca di Marzio.

The 28-year-old Argentine international has impressed since moving to Russia, playing a key role in helping Andre Villas-Boas’s side to a domestic title in 2014/15, but could well be tempted by a move to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has seen his West London side concede seven goals in their opening three Premier League fixtures and surprisingly subbed John Terry during the Blues defeat to Man City and then dropped Gary Cahill from his starting eleven against West Brom.

The Stamford Bridge side have failed with three bids for Everton youngster John Stones and may feel Ezequiel Garay would represent a decent, cheaper, alternative to the England international.

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Prior to his move to Russia Garay enjoyed spells in Spain with Real Madrid and in Portugal with Benfica and has the high-level experience that perhaps Stones lacks and could well provide Chelsea a cost-effective option to boost their back-line.

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