Chelsea transfer target Aleksandr Golovin could still move to a European rival, the club have been warned.
The Blues have been chasing the 22-year-old, but CSKA Moscow president Evgeniy Giner says there is no ‘closed agreement’ with them for the player, who starred for Russia at the World Cup.
“I believe that [he] can grow into a big star,” Giner told sport24. “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 [him], 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 [Vadim Vasilyev] and he made a proposal for Golovin.
“If we talk about Chelsea, then there is no closed agreement with them. But the question of his transition will be decided, I think, in the next couple of days.”
Although they have been crowned Serie A champions for the last seven seasons, Juventus are thinking bigger.
Having not tasted Champions League success since 1996, they are determined to be the best in Europe once more and have demonstrated their huge ambition by managing to capture Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner joins an already talented squad, which was further enhanced by the signing of Emre Can from Liverpool this summer and Douglas Costa from Bayern Munich on a permanent deal, after his successful loan spell last season.
However, Golovin might sign for Chelsea… and then be loaned straight out to Vitesse.
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Vitesse are Chelsea’s sister club in the Netherlands, and over the past years they have been a temporary home for a number of the Blues’ most promising players.
Just last season, Charlie Colkett, Matt Miazga and Mason Mount joined Vitesse on loan, with Fankaty Dabo and Mukhtar Ali also completing permanent switches from Chelsea to the Arnhem club. Mount, the midfielder, was named the club’s Player of the Year, after scoring 14 goals in all competitions.
And Golovin could be the next player to take the well-trodden path from London to Arnhem.
VIsay that Vitesse appear to be the ‘first option’ for Golovin should he complete his transfer to Chelsea, with Leonid Slutsky, the Dutch club’s manager, the man who handed Golovin his CSKA debut in 2015.
Been keeping an eye on Golovin. Complete midfielder, can do a bit of everything but what i really like about him is he's always on the move playing 1-2s and breaking lines. Good passer, very quick for a midfielder and he's tenacious. Can't wait to see him for Chelsea
Aleksandr Golovin has thrust himself into the limelight thanks to two assists and a fantastic free-kick in Russia’s 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia in the World Cup’s opening game.
The 22-year-old midfielder is reportedly a wanted man, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Juventus among the clubs rumoured to be targeting him.
And after his starring role, it’s easy to see why.
Golovin caught the eye for Russia against Saudi Arabia
Who is Aleksandr Golovin?
Born on May 30, 1996 in the town of Kaltan, south central Russia, Golovin played futsal in his early years before joining FC Novokuznetsk as a 13-year-old.
Who does he play for?
Three years after joining FC Novokuznetsk, Golovin moved on to CSKA Moscow and broke through in the UEFA Youth League. He made his debut for the first team in 2014, aged just 18, and has since gone on to establish himself as a key player in the side. For Russia, he made his debut as a 19-year-old and now has 19 caps, with two goals. Golovin appeared at Euro 2016 and the 2017 Confederations Cup, making three appearances in both tournaments.
What position does he play?
Golovin is an attacking midfielder who can also play on the either wing or in a deeper, central midfield position. For Russia, he has recently been alternated between the attacking midfield and left-wing positions. The home nation don’t possess much creative talent and so will be looking to the 22-year-old for inspiration in attack.
What is his playing style?
The Russian has attracted attention as a pacy attacking midfielder, unafraid to take on opposition defenders. Golovin’s dribbling ability is one of the main assets he will undoubtedly look to use in order to trouble Saudi Arabia.
Golovin attempts to dribble out of troubleHow was his 2017/18 season?
In 2017/18, Aleksandr Golovin developed into one of his team’s star men. The Russian midfielder played 43 times for CSKA, scoring seven goals, recording six assists and picking up an impressive 13 yellow cards. His side finished second in the Russian Premier League, were knocked out in the group stage of the Champions League, quarter-finals of the Europa League and round-of-32 of the Russian Cup.