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Conte opens door to Man United, Barcelona and Man City after pulling plug on colossal deal

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John Stones mania has sunk about as quickly as a Transfer Tavern pint after a series of nervy performances saw a man touted as the next Bobby Moore resigned to the Everton bench.

The 21-year old is still highly rated with the armchair experts who frequent our four halls, though there’s still doubt his stock in recent months has taken a serious nosedive.

A new low has been hit if reports from the Daily Express are to be believed.

Chelsea, who infamously tried so hard to land him last summer, are reported to have cooled their interest in the England international after his dip in form.

Then managed by Jose Mourinho, the Blues made bids of up to around £37m in a public attempt to bring him to West London.

However, incoming boss Antonio Conte is believed to be against the prospect of a bidding war, something the Toffees are reportedly banking on.

Manchester rivals United and City are also understood to retain an interest in the former Barnsley trainee, while Barcelona remain keen.

Will Stones ever realise his true potential? 

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