Paul Merson explains why Frank Lampard should sign Manchester City defender John Stones for Chelsea

first_imgAdvertisement Stones has been heavily linked with a move away from Man City (Picture: Getty)‘Guardiola was playing a midfielder, Fernandinho, ahead of him last season, and a defender in Eric Garcia who wants to leave the club!‘I’d be amazed if he was still there by the end of this window. But lots of clubs should be looking at him.‘Stones is homegrown. He’s an England international. He has plenty of experience. But he’s still young. He ticks a lot of boxes.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘You play him in a three and he ca play it out for you and get them going. He would be one of the best defenders around in a three.‘He’s just like David Luiz, who was phenomenal for Chelsea when Antonio Conte played him in the middle of a three.’Chelsea manager Lampard has already signed Germany striker Timo Werner and Morocco international Hakim Ziyech this summer.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Chelsea in ‘advanced talks’ with PSG defender Thiago Silva over free transferMORE: Thiago Silva speaks out on his future amid Chelsea transfer speculation Paul Merson explains why Frank Lampard should sign Manchester City defender John Stones for Chelsea Paul Merson has urged Chelsea to sign Manchester City defender John Stones (Picture: Sky Sports)Paul Merson has urged Frank Lampard to sign John Stones and says the Manchester City defender can be a ‘success story’ at Chelsea.Stones is widely expected to leave the Etihad this summer having fallen down the pecking order at Man City and has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.Lampard is keen to bolster his defensive options and is looking at the likes of Declan Rice, Ben White and Lewis Dunk as well as England international Stones.Former Arsenal and England star Merson told StarSport: ‘Chelsea should go and get John Stones because there is a success story there waiting to happen.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘When you hear they have put defenders like Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen up for sale, you can see they need a centre back.‘I’ve said all along Stones would do well there. And they should go and get him now. He has no future at City. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 21 Aug 2020 7:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Japan, Azerbaijan and Singapore GPs cancelled

first_img(BBC) – The Japanese, Singapore and Azerbaijan Grands Prix (GP) have been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.Formula 1 has tried to find a way to hold the races in 2020 but announced yesterday that was not possible in the uncertain global situation.The historic event at Suzuka is off as a result of Japan’s ban on many international travellers.Races in Singapore and Baku cannot be held because the street circuits cannot be built in the current climate.The cancellations mean F1 has lost a further three key grands prix to the COVID-19 crisis that has already claimed the season-opening race in Australia and the blue-riband Monaco event.Japan and Singapore are two of the most prestigious and popular races on the calendar.Suzuka resonates with drivers and fans alike, as perhaps the most challenging of all tracks, while Singapore’s night event is not only a physical and mental test of endurance because of the hot, humid and bumpy conditions and length of the race, but is also popular with corporate visitors.Azerbaijan pays one of the highest fees of all races and the Baku street track, with its super-long pit straight, has become known for its incident-packed grands prix.WHAT’S GOING TO REPLACE THEM?Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas won the 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.F1 is now looking at an increasingly Euro-centric calendar this year, but the sport is still confident of fulfilling its aim of holding a World Championship with 15-18 grands prix despite the postponement or cancellation of the first 10 events of the original 22-race schedule.F1 said in a statement it has “made significant progress with existing and new promoters on the revised calendar and been particularly encouraged by the interest that has been shown by new venues”.Eight races in Europe, running from early July to early September and starting with two events on consecutive weekends in Austria July 3-5 and 10-12 July, have been announced.And BBC Sport understands it is now almost certain that two grands prix at Germany’s Hockenheim track will be added later in September.Italy’s Mugello circuit, which is owned by Ferrari, is prepared to host a race if necessary.In addition, F1 is still exploring the possibility of reviving the postponed Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal on a September date before the onset of the Quebec winter.However they play out, F1 is likely to move on to Sochi for the Russian Grand Prix in early October after these events.But there is considerable uncertainty over the races in the United States, Mexico and Brazil – three countries where the coronavirus outbreaks are among the worst in the world.Last week, F1 managing director Ross Brawn told BBC Sport: “If we judge the health and safety risk is too high, even if we can meet the obligations of the country, then we may not go there.”There is a major-events ban in place in Texas that would prevent the US Grand Prix taking place in Austin on October 25, although the state is in the midst of a phased reopening plan.Mexico has said it is planning to host its grand prix as scheduled on November 1, but whether the virus situation will improve sufficiently in Mexico City for F1 to feel that will be possible is unclear.And the Brazilian race at Interlagos in Sao Paulo is considered unlikely to happen.President Jair Bolsonaro has come under heavy criticism for his handling of the coronavirus crisis, the state of Sao Paulo has been reporting record numbers of daily deaths this week, and crime is worsening in the city.F1 is likely to find it politically and socially untenable to hold the race in such circumstances and to fly personnel into an area where crime has regularly affected employees working at the race.The end of the season is set for the Middle East, where both Bahrain and Abu Dhabi have indicated that they are willing to host two races at each of the tracks if necessary.last_img read more