Aleksandr Golovin, Russia’s young breakout star at their home World Cup, has spent the past decade at CSKA Moscow, first in their youth academy starting at age 12, then playing a key role in the first-team since about age 19. Having collected over 100 appearances for the famous club, he’s now set to move on to bigger and better things, which most likely means that he’ll end up transferring to Chelsea this summer. (And no, probably not to Vitesse, as cheeky Dutch rumors have claimed in the last day as well.)
Juventus had been in for his signature prior to the World Cup as well, but CSKA’s valuation has proven too much for the Old Lady. Chelsea may be penny pinching elsewhere, not apparently in this case, we’re happy to fork over the €25-30m that it’s going to take to get the 22-year-old’s signature.
With Golovin busy and thinking only of the World Cup, intrepid journalists back in his home region of Kemerovo tracked down his parents, who graciously confirmed that indeed, the two clubs are negotiating for a transfer for their son, set to take place after the World Cup is over.
The translated quotes from Golovin’s mother have slowly filtered across the English media as well, with the Sun, the Star, the Metro, and everybody else picking them up in the last 12-15 hours.
“Yes, now there are talks between the clubs, but we still do not know the details.
“Sacha right now stands only for the Russian team, fully focused on the World Cup. The transition from one club to another will only be discussed after it is completed here.
“For now, everyone loves my Sacha, even those who before didn’t care about football. His biggest fan is his 83-year-old grandmother - she does not miss a single match.”
Sounds like progress and future success!