Spanish journalist confirms Barcelona interest in Chelsea & Man United target

Respected Spanish journalist Guillem Balague has revealed that Barcelona are weighing up a move for coveted Everton defender John Stones.

The 21-year-old has been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea, who had three bids rejected for him in the summer, according to the Daily Star.

Barcelona have also been credited with an interest in Stones by the Daily Mail, and Ballague has confirmed that the La Liga champions are admirers.

He wrote for Sky Sports: “I know Barcelona like John Stones a lot, but they haven’t yet decided where they are going to put their money this summer.

“They are looking at other options as well. They want a left-back, they want a centre-back and they perhaps want a central midfielder in the mould of Paul Pogba.”

Stones would be one of the few Premier League defenders who has the ball-playing abilities to fit into Luis Enrique’s incredibly stylish Barca team.

Everton have insisted that they do not need to sell Stones and proved their mettle by knocking back Chelsea’s best bid of £36m – fee reported by the Daily Star.

But the Toffees might be more willing to grant the England international his big move if it was abroad, rather than to one of their Premier League rivals.

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