Chelsea Set To Snatch Russian Midfielder From Under Juventus' Nose
Chelsea look set to snatch Aleksandr Golovin under from Juventus' nose and sign the 22-year-old on a transfer this summer window.
The central-midfielder is currently under contract at CSKA Moscow and was linked with a move away to Serie A giants Juve for a time.
But according to reports,Juventus now seem to nearing a deal for Serbian attacking midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, a player who has also been linked with a move to Manchester United.
So now Chelsea are making a move for Golovin - and according to Goal correspondent Nizaar Kinsella, the west London side will make the player their first signing of the summer, for a fee thought to be around 30 millions euros.
Golovin will be Chelsea's first signing of the summer. #CFC
- Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) June 28, 2018
Rumours of the switch have also been confirmed by Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.
Chelsea have started talks for #Golovin from CSKA Moscow. Juventus don't want to make a new bid for the Russian. :large_blue_circle: @DiMarzio #CFC #transfers #Chelsea
- Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 28, 2018
News of the move, as you expect, has been met with both apathy and excitement by Chelsea supporters on social media.
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No thank you. I want better, more experience
- 7421max (@7421Official) June 28, 2018
Yes ! Roman pulling the Russian strings for that one , be about 45 mil I'd say
- Ian Aherne (@Beano93) June 28, 2018
- Lav (@LavCFC) June 28, 2018
Chelsea will be hoping to built on an underwhelming season last campaign, despite winning the F.A Cup.
They enjoyed a relatively good time in the Champions League, getting knocked out to the mighty Barcelona, but they capitulated in the Premier League, losing to Newcastle United on the final day and missing out on a Champions League spot to Liverpool, the Reds winning on the final day.
Antonio Conte's fraught relationship with the Chelsea board should hopefully be smoothed over in time for the new season to start.
That's the idea, at least.