Chelsea are in ‘advanced talks’ to sign Russia star Aleksandr Golovin, according to reports in Italy.
Aside from Chelsea, the midfielder has been linked with a number of top clubs this summer, including Manchester United and Juventus, and did his chances of a summer transfer no harm after his performances at this summer’s World Cup in his home country.
The CSKA Moscow midfielder scored one, and provided two assists for Russia this summer, helping what had been described as ‘the worst side in Russian history’ on a surprise journey to the quarter finals, knocking out 2010 World Champions Spain along the way.
Monaco Vice President Vadim Vasilyev has already confirm that he has made a ‘more than generous offer’, while Juventus have seen their €20m bid turned down by the Russian side.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has also been full of praise of the 22-year-old, reliable Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Golovin is in fact in ‘advanced talks’ over a move to Stamford Bridge.
It has been a slow summer for the Chelsea faithful, but things have finally started to pick up pace, with Maurizio Sarri finally being appointed as the club’s latest manager, and Jorginho having being announced as the first signing of the summer.
However, CSKA chief Yevgeny Giner says Golovin hasn’t agreed to join Chelsea just yet, claiming his future will be decided in the next couple of days.
Giner told sport24.ru: “I believe that Sasha can grow into a big star. I’m not sure that this can happen in the Russian championship.
“The level of the English Premier League or the championship of Spain is much higher.
“In order not to ruin Sasha, we must let him go. But we have no solution for today.
“When we receive an offer, we always try to negotiate openly. Indeed, we were visited by the vice-president of Monaco and made a proposal for Golovin.
“Chelsea? We have no secret agreement with them.
“The question of his transition to another club will be decided, I think, in the next couple of days.”