Monaco have completed the signing of Russia’s World Cup star and widely-reported Chelsea target Aleksandr Golovin.
The French side have moved to recruit the CSKA Moscow midfielder on a five-year deal, for a fee believed to be in the region of €30m.
— AS Monaco EN (@AS_Monaco_EN) July 27, 2018
Golovin’s move to Monaco will come as a particular source of annoyance for Chelsea, who were reported to be keeping tabs on the 22-year-old right up until; the point where a deal was agreed between CSKA Moscow and last season’s Ligue 1 runners-up.
Golovin: at the moment no agreement reached with Chelsea and Monaco are working to finalize the deal. ?? #transfers
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 25, 2018
Golovin shot to international prominence at the recent World Cup in his homeland, scoring twice in Russia’s opening World Cup clash with Saudi Arabia and going on to single himself out as a star of the tournament in his side’s run to the quarter-finals.
With Golovin now off the table, it remains to be seen who Chelsea actually do bring in before the window closes on August 9th. The futures Thibaut Courtois and Alvaro Morata seem up in the air right now (though Eden Hazard and Willian appear likely to stay), which would have a serious impact on any potential signings that new manager Maurizio Sarri would like to make ahead of the new season.