Report claims Chelsea FC in pole position to sign World Cup star

Chelsea FC are favourites to sign Russia international Aleksandr Golovin, according to reporter Matteo Pedrosi

Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri Photo: Chelsea TV / Screen grab

Chelsea FC are leading the race to sign Aleksandr Golovin after the Russia international turned down the chance to move to Ligue 1 side AS Monaco, according to reporter Matteo Pedrosi.

The Blues have been linked with a swoop to sign the Russia international in the current transfer window to bolster Maurizio Sarri’s squad ahead of the new season.

Chelsea FC have already signed Italy international Jorginho in a £57m deal from Napoli after Sarri took over the reins of the west London outfit last week.

Golovin has been attracting interest from a host of Europe’s top clubs since his eye-catching performances in the World Cup over the past month or so in Russia.

Serie A giants Juventus were thought to be in the race to sign Golovin, while reports suggested that Ligue 1 side AS Monaco submitted a bid to sign the Russian playmaker.

However, Italian reporter Pedrosi has claimed that Chelsea FC are in pole position to sign the attacking midfielder in the 2018 summer transfer window.

“Chelsea and CSKA have agreed terms for a deal to sign Aleksandr Golovin,” Pedrosi wrote on Twitter.

“Player has rejected Monaco offer.

“No Juve advance, Golovin will be a new Chelsea midfielder.”

Chelsea FC finished in fifth spot in the Premier League table last season to miss out on a Champions League place for the new campaign.

The Blues have signed Italian star Jorginho to improve their options in the middle of the park.

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