Never mind the confusing flurry of rumors about Chelsea being ready splash heavy cash (up to €40m) to buy centre-backs when there are far more pressing needs. Never mind the rumors about players not for sale, about players not wanting to move, or who are simply gaining leverage in contract negotiations.
For here comes the thunderbolt.
Golovin will be Chelsea's first signing of the summer. #CFC— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) June 28, 2018
Goal.com used to be a dicey proposition but Nizaar Kinsella is as as solid as they come on the Chelsea beat. It’s a bold, confident claim, to be sure, but chances are his sourcing is very solid and it’s worth sitting up and paying attention.
Chelsea's approach is so definitive that everyone else has given up. Juve really wanted him, never over until it is announced but this development is worthy of huge optimism.— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) June 28, 2018
The basis of his belief comes from Goal’s Italian branch, where they’re reporting that Juve are stunned and have more or less given up the chase. As much Juve love the player who’s dazzled in Russia’s first few games at the World Cup, they won’t be drawn into a bidding war; CSKA’s asking price of €30m is too rich for their blood. Chelsea have apparently “assured” CSKA that the asking price will be met. The report also claims that the Blues have been talking to Aleksandr Golovin’s agent and agreed on the general terms of a five-year deal for the 22 year-old, who had supposedly started learning English recently as well.
Chelsea are in pole position. Juventus appear to be the back up option, they seem to have come in quickly with Juve in talks for weeks. CSKA been impressed with #CFC's approach— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) June 28, 2018
Golovin would seem to address a need for Chelsea. He’s quick, he can play from either side as well as in the middle, he can pass and he can score. Where (presumed-)new head coach Maruzio Sarri would actually use him has yet to be revealed, but the purchase reportedly comes with his blessing.
Never over until he's holding the shirt but in these circumstances... You can be very confident. Obviously, Chelsea's official channels are the point where he's unveiled with the shirt.— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) June 28, 2018
While we wait to see if this is going to be officially confirmed, here’s a look at Golovin playing for CSKA against Lyon in the Europa League last season (CSKA won the tie on away goals).