Numerous papers, including the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail, as well as goal.com, have reported that Arsenal are in discussions over a move.
They also report that Villa, having fallen out of favour at the Camp Nou, is keen on a switch to the Emirates.
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Since Guus Hiddink arrived at the helm, Chelsea have improved considerably after a tricky start to the campaign.
Newcastle United are staring down the barrel of relegation to the Championship for the second time in the past eight years.