Transfer rumor roundup: Pogba to Chelsea, Manchester United want Paulista

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The Daily Express says that French international Paul Pogba, 21, is  being targeted by Chelsea for a summer move to Stamford Bridge. Pogba has burst onto the scene over the past few seasons after leaving Manchester United in 2012 to head to Juventus, as he shone as the best Young Player at the World Cup last summer. This particular report claims that Chelsea will try and sweeten the deal for Pogba by offering cash plus players, with Ramires, Andre Schurrle and John Obi Mikel likely to be offered. Would that be enough to twist Juve’s arm into selling their prized possession? The reigning Italian champs will likely want in excess of $75 million for their midfield star. Can Chelsea afford that?

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On Thursday Arsene Wenger spoke about Arsenal’s pursuit of Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista, but according to the London Evening Standard, Manchester United could jump in at the last minute to sign the Brazilian center back. Paulista, 24, is said to have a $22 million release clause in his contract but getting a work permit to play in England could prove rather difficult. Both Arsenal and United are desperately short of options in central defense as they battle it out for a top four finish. So, who wants Paulista more?

Valencia are said to be in for James Milner, as the Manchester City midfielder continues to stall on a new deal at the Etihad Stadium. Milner, 29, has been linked with Inter Milan as well as Arsenal and Liverpool as the versatile England international weighs up his options ahead of his contract running out with Man City this summer. The Daily Mirror reports that La Liga side Valencia are keen on signing Milner in January for a small fee or waiting until the summer. Can you see the lad from Yorkshire sipping on a Pina Colada down on the Mediterranean after training for the next few years? Nah, neither can I.

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The Daily Telegraph believes that Swansea City are looking to Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes to replace Wilfried Bony. Rhodes, 26, has scored 62 goals in 122 appearances for Rovers but the Scottish international striker has never played in the PL. Will Swansea get their man? Rovers are said to be holding out for up to $18 million for Rhodes, as the Championship side continue to build towards a return to the PL but losing their star striker would be a huge blow.