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Chelsea Transfer Rumour: Abramovich looks to sign Russian forward Aleksandr Golovin
- Updated: July 3, 2018
Chelsea are in talks to sign Aleksandr Golovin as per reports in Telegraph. The Russian plays for CSKA Moscow and has been impressive for the host nation at the World Cup.
Golovin was one of the main reasons for Russia’s progress into the last 16 where they overcame Spain on Sunday. Apart from Chelsea, Juventus and Barcelona have also repotedly shown interest in signing the midfielder.
The Londoners are, however, the favourites to sign him and hope to complete a deal once Russia complete their World Cup sojourn. CSKA reportedly want around £27 million for Golovin and Chelsea are more than willing to pay that amount.
Telegraph also claims that the Blues want the 22-year-old to add an attacking option to their squad, confident that he could make an impact in the physically demanding Premier League as well.
Former Russian team manager, Leonid Slutsky is close friends with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and is said to have played a vital role in Golovin’s progression. He was the player who Slutsky had signed during his tenure at CSKA Moscow as well.
Slutsky is now the manager of Vitesse Arnhem – a club where Chelsea loan out most of their players. However, reports suggest that there is no chance of Golovin moving to the Dutch club on loan.
He is seen as a long-term replacement for Cesc Fabregas, who at 31 is moving into the twilight of his career and has only one year left on his current contract. Meanwhile, Chelsea are reportedly want to sell Danny Drinkwater for the same price they paid for him – £30 million.
The Blues though are believed to be not willing to listen to bids for Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Ross Barkley as well. The English duo is seen as a part of the club's future, and they will not be sold this summer.
Golovin was linked with Napoli last summer with Maurizio Sarri said to be impressed with his talent. With Sarri, looking favourite to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea, the move does make a lot of sense.