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Everton could chase Ashley Williams

Welsh captain to replace Stones if he is sold

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Roberto Martinez signed Ashley Williams when he was in charge at Swansea City. Williams rose to the captaincy at the club during Martinez' tenure, and the Spaniard is considered a huge admirer of the defender. Williams is also captain of Wales, and with crucial World Cup qualifying starting soon, it is quite unlikely that he will give up his starting spot to languish behind Phil Jagielka and John Stones at Everton.

Unless.. unless John Stones could indeed be on his way to Stamford Bridge.

The Stones Saga has been ongoing for some time now, with Chelsea having had their second bid for the defender rejected outright by Everton. The press has been leading the forefront of selling off Stones for Everton, you almost wonder if they will be getting a cut of the final transfer fee, such is the clout of managers like Jose Mourinho. Their latest £26 million bid was turned down and it's quite likely they will be back again.

Back to Williams though. Crystal Palace has been linked with the 30-year-old as well. However, it's likely that Swansea will slap a hefty pricetag on their skipper, with manager Garry Monk dismissing any possibility of a move this summer.

"Ash will be here. He'll be here with Swansea.

"For the past six or seven years he's been linked with a team in the summer, and whether that's actual interest or driven by the papers and agents, I don't know, but Ash is very committed to the club.

"He's our captain and he's captain of Wales as well. It's a big year for him with qualification coming up with his country.

"I don't think he'll want to do anything that unsettles him, I think he'll want to give himself the best chance to qualify with Wales and have a good season with Swansea as well.

"I know he's looking forward to it and is fully focused on the season ahead with Swansea."