Golovin’s transfer decision: The midfielder clarifies where he wants to play next season

Aleksandr Golovin is being courted by Premier League giants in Arsenal and Chelsea but it seems that the Russian wants a move to Juventus instead

The Russian has seen his stock rise considerably since his star turn in Russia’s World Cup campaign that exceeded expectations. He made 2 assists, scored a sumptuous free-kick and also scored in the penalty shoot-out win against Spain. His performances have all but ensured that he will not be playing for CSKA Moscow next season.

A number of European heavyweights were after his signatures. Juventus were the initial front-runners but were unwilling to match CSKA’s evaluation of their star man. Chelsea, another interested club, were more receptive of the Russian club’s demands. So much so that former boss Valeri Gazzaev seemed to confirm Golovin’s moved to Stamford Bridge. However, player’s agent moved to deny those claims, insisting that talks are ongoing with multiple clubs.

Arsenal, too, have been linked with making a £26 million move but the player apparently does not wish to move to England. According to Tuttosport, he wants a move to Turin this summer. While the Gunners have already signed a midfielder for the first-team in Lucas Torreira, this latest revelation is a matter of concern for the Blues.

Chelsea are yet to secure a signing this summer. Though, their managerial situation has cleared up recently with the club finally sacking Antonio Conte. Sarri’s impending arrival could be accompanied by that of Jorginho. The Italian prefers to live in London instead of Manchester allowing Chelsea to hijack the deal.

Author’s Take

The Cristiano effect is already in effect it seems. There are no two ways about it, Ronaldo capture has made Juve one of the most desirable clubs in the world. However, Golovin could have difficulties in securing his dream move. Ronaldo’s arrival in Serie A shook up Juventus’ budget and their purse strings are now tight. They might come in for him later in the transfer window when CSKA could accept a lower bid. However, an immediate transfer seems unlikely.

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