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Monaco Confirm Signing Of Russia World Cup Star Aleksandr Golovin

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 23, 2018: CSKA Moscow's Alexander Golovin attends a ceremony to award his team with silver medals for the 2017/2018 Russian Football Premier League season, at Moscow's VEB Arena. Sergei Bobylev/TASS (Photo by Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images)

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.

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 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.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 14:  Aleksandr Golovin of Russia scores his team's fifth goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.  (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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.

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