Chelsea plan £40m bid and two sales while Newcastle want to beat Arsenal to defender

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CHELSEA are flying high at the top of the Premier League, but have still been linked with plenty of transfer business this month.

Reports today are suggesting the Blues are targeting moves for at least two players, either this month or in the summer, and could be prepared to let some individuals leave.

They are just some of the stories to have made today’s headlines, though, with Arsenal, Newcastle United and Liverpool among the other clubs to feature.

Chelsea are plotting a £40m move for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba. (Daily Express)

The Blues have also started talks over a deal to sign Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado this month. (The Guardian)

A £20.6m bid for Cuadrado has already been turned down, with Chelsea set to increase their offer. (The Times)

Mohamed Salah and Andre Schurrle could be sold to offset the arrival of Cuadrado. (The Independent)

Schurrle is expected to move back to Germany to join Wolfsburg. (Daily Express)

Newcastle are set to compete with Arsenal for the signing of Ipswich Town defender Tyrone Mings. (Daily Mail)

Swansea City have lined up Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes as a possible replacement for Wilfried Bony, who joined Manchester City earlier this month. (Daily Telegraph)

Wigan Athletic are set to reject West Bromwich Albion’s improved bid of more than £4m for winger Callum McManaman. (Sky Sports)

Valencia will try to beat Liverpool to the signing of Man City midfielder James Milner, whose contract expires in the summer. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United have not received any offers for Anderson, who is up for sale. (Daily Mail)

Inter Milan forward Dani Osvaldo – who had an awful spell at Southampton last season – is wanted by Queens Park Rangers. (Daily Mirror)

Talks have been opened over a move to bring 16-year-old Paraguayan striker Sergio Diaz from Cerro Porteno to Man United. (Tuttomercatoweb)

Arsenal and Man United are set to compete for the signing of £16m-rated Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista. (London Evening Standard)

West Brom forward Georgios Samaras is set to join Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal on a six-month loan with a view to a permanent deal. (Express and Star)

Sampdoria’s move for Everton striker Samuel Eto’o is being held up because “nobody can figure out who is in charge at Everton”, according to the Italian club’s president, Massimo Ferrero. (Sky Sport Italia)

Meanwhile, it is relatively quiet on the transfer front at Sunderland.