Chelsea transfer round-up: January 12th

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho may be relatively content with his current star-studded squad, but the Blues boss has always got his eyes on the transfer market and may just get the chance to swoop for arguably his dream transfer target in 2016.

French midfield powerhouse Paul Pogba is the man in question, with Juventus reportedly ready to cash in on the prized asset in 2016.

That is according to the Daily Star, who believe that a stunning British transfer record bid of £70 million will be enough to sign the 21-year-old, but not until next year at the earliest.

Varane transfer blow

Elsewhere it's bad news for Mourinho, who would also love to bring Pogba's Les Blues team-mate Raphael Varane to Stamford Bridge if given half a chance.

Mourinho signed Varane during his time at Real Madrid and still shares a strong working relationship with the hugely impressive young central defender, but his current manager Carlo Ancelotti is adamant the 21-year-old is going absolutely nowhere.

Ings to Stamford Bridge, surely not?

Perhaps the most outlandish transfer story involving the Premier League leaders over the last 48 hours involves Burnley striker Danny Ings, who has reportedly emerged as a shock transfer target for the Blues.

Ings has certainly impressed in his maiden Premier League campaign and is available on a free transfer this summer, but whether he's ready to deputise for Diego Costa and Loic Remy is another question entirely.

Messi delivers emphatic snub

We can't finish a Monday transfer round-up involving the Blues without mentioning Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, who decided to address rumours of a blockbuster move to Stamford Bridge head-on following last night's 3-1 win over Atletico Madrid.

Messi branded links with Chelsea and City as an utter fabrication, labelled stories claiming he wants to leave Barca as "lies" and underlined his commitment to the Catalan giants once more.

Sorry Jose, this particularly sensational transfer story is a non-starter, for now at least.

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