Chelsea boost: Martinez signs Man United target dubbed ‘new Stones’


Mason Holgate

According to reports from BBC Sport and The Daily Mail this afternoon, Everton are on the verge of signing Barnsley youngster Mason Holgate in a £2million deal. 

The 18 year-old defender, who has been dubbed ‘the new John Stones’, has attracted interest from Manchester United and Newcastle United according to BBC Sport, but the Toffees are now on the verge of securing his signature.

The 5 foot 11 prodigy, expected to sign for £2million according to The Mail, made 20 appearances in League One for the Yorkshire outfit last season. 

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The news will be a huge boost to the transfer efforts of Premier League champions Chelsea; they’ve been targeting the actual John Stones for much of the summer and have already seen two bids rejected.

Goodison gaffer Roberto Martinez remains adamant the England international won’t be allowed to leave but Holgate’s arrival makes the transfer more plausible.

Especially if Chelsea concede to the Toffees’ rumoured demands of producing an offer that trumps the Premier League’s record fee for a defender, currently held by Manchester City’s £32million signing Eliaquim Mangala.

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  • ABDOLLAHI says:


  • DocHorriday says:

    Jesus cmon, he’s an 18 year old kid whose never played in the prem. He’s one for the future, not a stones replacement, Everton need a proper 3rd choice CB anyway as they currently only have 2. So no its “not a boost for Chelsea” . I swear you lot will write any old nonsense, do you actually know anything about football?? learn you evaluate evidence before you publish a story and make yourself look silly.

  • blogggs says:

    What utter tripe! Clearly Holgate might be one for the future, but the idea that signing a kid with 22 games under his belt makes the release of Stones possible is ABSOLUTELY STUPID, TOTALLY PUERILE.

  • bloggggs says:

    Childish nonsense. Grow up. Find some real stories to write.

  • Toffeenosed says:

    How is that a boost to Chelsea? Really? He is a young lad with a way to go to the first team never mind to replace a departing Stones. Pathetic writing!

  • Christy Malyan says:

    Would just like to point out to all those who commented above. John Stones was 18 when he signed for Everton and had made 24 league appearances (albeit in the Championship rather than League One) for Barnsley. Six months later he was Martinez’ first choice at centre-half. So is it possible for Mason Holgate to do the same? Yes.

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