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Aleksandr Golovin ‘will be’ Chelsea’s first signing of the summer — report

Juventus have been priced out

Russia v Egypt: Group A - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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