Leicester City tried to sign World Cup superstar Aleksandr Golovin during the summer

21 Sep

Leicester City failed with an approach for Russia star Aleksandr Golovin this summer.

The midfielder was hot property in the most recent transfer window after shining at the World Cup.

Golovin caught the eye of some of Europe’s top clubs during the World Cup

Chelsea and Juventus were heavily linked with the 22-year-old, who eventually left CSKA Moscow to join Monaco for around £25m.

And, according to L’Equipe, Leicester also failed with an approach for Golovin this summer.

The Foxes were reportedly tracking the Russian in the hope they could lure him to the King Power Stadium.

However, Golovin was said to be keen to play in the Champions League and that swayed in Monaco’s favour.


Chelsea miss out as Monaco confirm signing of Russia’s World Cup star Aleksandr Golovin from CSKA Moscow

27 Jul

Monaco have announced the signing of in-demand Russian starlet Aleksandr Golovin, after beating Chelsea in the race for the CSKA Moscow midfielder.

The 22-year-old, who shone at the World Cup this summer, has signed a five-year deal with the French giants.

Russian starlet Golovin has joined Monaco

While the transfer fee is officially undisclosed, CSKA have said they had received a club-record fee for his services and reports claim Monaco tabled a bid of €35million (around £31million).

Golovin, who had been linked with Chelsea after impressing for Russia at the World Cup, scored 13 goals in 113 appearances for CSKA.

The youngster made four appearances at the World Cup, scoring one goal and claiming two assists as the tournament hosts progressed to the quarter-finals.

“I am very happy to sign for Monaco,” Golovin told the Ligue 1 side’s official website.

“This is a new adventure for me that I approach with a lot of ambition. I am now very much looking forward to meeting the staff and my new team-mates and to get going.”

Golovin was one of the emerging stars to shine at the World Cup

Monaco vice president and chief executive officer Vadim Vasilyev said Golovin had made the right move to continue his development.

He added: “We are very happy with the arrival of Aleksandr Golovin at Monaco.

“He is a talented young player, very prominent during the World Cup, but we have been following him for a long time.

“He already has solid experience in the Russian first division and internationally.

“Despite the competition of very large European clubs, Aleksandr has chosen the sporting project of Monaco, which will offer him the best conditions to continue his progress.”

Chelsea transfer news: Aleksandr Golovin not certain to join Premier League side, says CSKA president

19 Jul

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.

Golovin was one of the stars of 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.”

So far Chelsea’s only bit of transfer business has come in the form of Jorginho, who joined from Napoli in a £50m deal.

New manager Maurizio Sarri also explained he wants to keep Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard at Stamford Bridge when asked about the pair possibly leaving.

Sarri would love to see Hazard in a Chelsea shirt next season

“I would like to keep them in my squad,” he said.

“But a telephone call without looking them in the eye will not give me any certainty. I want to meet them face to face, understand what the best thing is to do for everyone.”

Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola, meanwhile, has returned to the club to work under Sarri.

Ex-CSKA Moscow manager claims Aleksandr Golovin to Chelsea is a done deal

6 Jul

Russia’s star midfielder Aleksandr Golovin has already signed a contract and agreed to join Chelsea, according to former CSKA Moscow manager Valery Gazzaev.

The Stamford Bridge side are one of a number of clubs hoping to land the playmaker this summer following his impressive form at the World Cup.

Golovin starred in Russia’s opening game against Saudi Arabia

Juventus and Arsenal are also said to be lining up moves for the £27m-rated CSKA man but Gazzaev believes they should forget about signing him.

That is because he has heard that Chelsea have already completed a deal to take Golovin to Stamford Bridge.

Gazzaev, who had two spells managing CSKA, told Mir24: “Golovin will decide where the best place for him is.

“As far as I know, he’s already signed a contract with Chelsea. I think they’re a good option for him.

“It’s a big responsibility for him, but one that he’s prepared for.”

Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus: The stunning line-up Italian side could field in 2018/19 after signing Real Madrid star

5 Jul

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.

Cristiano Ronaldo has swapped Real Madrid for 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.

The spending may not stop there, either, with World Cup star Aleksandr Golovin also being heavily linked with a move to Turin.

With club legend Gianluigi Buffon having left the club and Alex Sandro being tipped to move to the Premier League, there is set to be a much-changed team at Juve next season.

Below you can see a potential Juventus line-up for the 2018/19 season.

Goalkeeper: Wojciech Szczesny


Right back: Joao Cancelo – signed for Juventus for around £35million earlier this summer
Centre back: Daniel Rugani
Centre back: Andrea Barzagli
Left back: Matteo Darmian – linked with a move to Juventus
Centre midfield: Emre Can – signed for Juventus on a free transfer earlier this summer
Centre midfield: Blaise Matuidi
Attacking midfield: Aleksandr Golovin – linked with move to Juventus
Right-wing forward: Douglas Costa
Left-wing forward: Paulo Dybala
Centre forward: Cristiano Ronaldo – linked with move to Juventus

Chelsea transfer news: Blues could sign Aleksandr Golovin… and loan him to Vitesse

3 Jul

Chelsea may sign Aleksandr Golovin this summer only to loan him to Vitesse, according to reports.

Golovin, the midfielder, has starred representing Russia at the World Cup, catching the eye of huge European clubs such as the Blues, as well as Juventus of Italy.

Golovin has helped Russia into the World Cup quarter-finals

He currently represents CSKA Moscow, but the 22-year-old is in talks with Chelsea over a move to Stamford Bridge, and potentially signing Golovin has excited fans of the west London club.

However, Golovin might sign for Chelsea… and then be loaned straight out to Vitesse.

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.

Golovin currently plays for CSKA Moscow

And Golovin could be the next player to take the well-trodden path from London to Arnhem.

VI say 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.

‘He’s going to be insane under Sarri’ – Chelsea fans love the look of impending signing Aleksandr Golovin

1 Jul

Chelsea fans have been treated to some brilliant World Cup displays from the player expected to become their first signing of the summer transfer window.

Aleksandr Golovin has starred for hosts Russia, helping them reach the quarter-finals after they earned the nail-biting victory on penalties over Spain.

Golovin has been one of the stars of the World Cup

The midfielder, who represents CSKA Moscow, has been linked with a host of Europe’s biggest clubs due to his showings on the world stage, and it appears Chelsea have won the race for the 22-year-old.

Reports say Golovin will be signed by Chelsea at the end of the World Cup, making him the first arrival of the summer at Stamford Bridge.

With Maurizio Sarri set to be named Chelsea manager, replacing Antonio Conte, Golovin will also become the Italian’s first signing.

And Chelsea fans cannot wait to see Golovin in action for the Blues, given how impressed they have been while watching him at the World Cup.

Golovin registered two assists and a goal in Russia’s opening game defeat of Saudi Arabia

You can see some of the best tweets about Golovin’s performance against Spain below, in association with Virgin Media.

Virgin Media are the Broadcast sponsors of talkSPORT’s official coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.


Juventus make bid for Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United target Aleksandr Golovin

19 Jun

Juventus have opened the bidding for Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United target Aleksandr Golovin.

The midfielder shone for CSKA Moscow last season and he has now caught the eye for Russia at the World Cup.

Golovin scored and notched two assists against Saudi Arabia

The 22-year-old got on the scoresheet in the hosts’ opening day win over Saudi Arabia and speculation surrounding his future his intensified as a result.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are all fans of Golovin, but he is on Juventus’ shortlist too.

And now, according to Sky Sport Italia, the Serie A champions have submitted a formal offer for the Russian.

Juve have made a bid of £15m plus various performance-related bonuses.

That, however, is likely to be rejected by CSKA Moscow as they are holding out for closer to £25m.

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.

Who is Aleksandr Golovin? Chelsea and Arsenal transfer target who starred for Russia in World Cup’s opening game

14 Jun

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.

Golovin takes on France’s N’Golo Kante

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.

Which clubs are interested in signing him?

Both Arsenal and Chelsea have been linked with a move for Golovin, but it appears Juventus are leading the race for the midfielder, who is also being monitored by Monaco. This could all change after some impressive appearances at the World Cup.

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Monaco hijack Arsenal’s move for Russian sensation Aleksandr Golovin

6 Jun
Arsenal transfer report: Monaco hijack Gunners’ move for Russian sensation Aleksandr Golovin
Aleksandr Golovin ended the season with seven goals and six assists for CSKA Moscow

Monaco have hijacked Arsenal’s move for Russia star Aleksandr Golovin, according to reports in France.

The 22-year-old was a shining light for CSKA Moscow this season and he has been tipped to star at the World Cup.

Arsenal are already tracking the midfielder closely with a view to a bid this summer.

But, according to RMC, Monaco have expressed an interest in Golovin and are trying to hijack Arsenal’s offer.

The French club have kicked off talks with the Russian’s representatives and they want a deal done before the World Cup.

Golovin was one of CSKA’s key players this season with seven goals and six assists, as the club finished runners-up in the Russian Premier League, just two points behind champions Lokomotiv Moscow.