Amidst all the Sarri talk, Chelsea have been quietly put back in the middle of the Aleksandr Golovin sweepstakes. The young attacking midfielder who impressed in Russia’s first game at the World Cup is apparently expected to be a major target for Chelsea this summer, especially if and when Maurizio Sarri gets announced as the new head coach. According to the Evening Standard, Sarri is a “long-time” admirer of the 22-year-old.
Golovin had been linked multiple times with Chelsea in the past 12-13 months, but interest remained fairly low level. In the meantime, Juventus have emerged as front-runners, with some reports going as far as to claim that personal terms have been agreed. Juve would still need to agree terms with CSKA Moscow, which does leave the door open for other teams to gazump this deal, especially in light of Golovin’s head-turning performance against Saudi Arabia.
Juventus have an agreement with Golovin already, they still need to reach an agreement with CSKA [Di Marzio] pic.twitter.com/H0I5yOcgtY— Juvefc.com (@juvefcdotcom) June 14, 2018
Chelsea should have the inside track thanks to Abramovich’s friendship with the current CSKA leadership, not to mention the friendship with their former head coach and Golovin’s mentor, Leonid Slutsky, but that’s assuming we’re interested in the first place.
Perhaps Sarri’s appointment will indeed grease the wheels of Chelsea’s transfer machine, which has laid dormant for most of the summer thus far.