Chelsea pull out of race for 21-year-old defender, opening the door for Manchester United

stonesChelsea look set to pull out of the race to sign Everton central defender John Stones, with incoming boss Antonio Conte preferring Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus instead, according to the Daily Star.

The news has alerted the Manchester United fans here in the Transfer Tavern who are now certain that the Red Devils will be in pole position for Stones.

The 21-year-old was courted by Chelsea last summer but a move failed to come to fruition and the ex-Barnsley man stay at Goodison Park.

Conte however doesn’t appear to fancy the central defender and has instead set his sights on Bonucci who he has worked with previously at Juventus and with the Italy national team.

One Chelsea fan is having an Easter pint with his mates and he thinks that Stones would have been a big gamble to replace John Terry, stating that he thinks the club are right to pursue a more experienced option in Bonucci.

Chelsea fans, what are your thoughts on this news? Would you have rather taken a punt on Stones? Manchester United fans, will Stones now sign for the club? Can he improve the current squad?

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