Chelsea in advanced talks for Russia star Aleksandr Golovin in £27m (R491m) from CSKA Moscow
Posted: 2 July 2018 Time: 19:30
Chelsea are in talks with CSKA Moscow over a move for one of the standout performers of the 2018 FIFA World Cup as their first off-season signing.
Golovin, 22, attracted the attention of Arsenal, Juventus, FC Barcelona and the Blues prior to Russia 2018.
His technical prowess and ability to read the game was said to be his key attributes - but over the course of the global showpiece, the CSKA midfielder has displayed incredible versatility and tireless work ethic.
As one of the most sought-after players in European football, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has exercised his influence of Russian links to move ahead in the race for the talented midfielder.
According to English publication, The Guardian, CSKA are thought to want around £27m for Golovin, whose contract runs to the end of the 2020-21 season, and Chelsea will meet the valuation.
With the future of Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Willian unclear, the Russia international is reportedly set to become part of a new-look Blues side next season.