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Aleksandr Golovin has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea following his exploits for Russia in the 2018 World Cup. The forward was considered one of the emerging prospects in European football due to the standard of his performances for CSKA Moscow over the past two seasons.
However, he caught the eye with his display in the opening match of the 2018 World Cup, scoring a brilliant free-kick to guide Russia to a crushing win against Saudi Arabia. Since then, he has been active in the final third, becoming one of Russia’s most influential players in their drive for the latter stages of the competition. At the age of 22, Golovin appears to be on his way to becoming the key man for his country for many years to come.
Chelsea are not the only side in the Premier League to have noticed his talents. Manchester United and Arsenal have also been reported to have interest in the forward. The Blues appear to be in prime position to secure his signature, although it will have to wait until Russia are out of World Cup 2018, with Stanislav Cherchesov’s men backed in the international football betting odds at 20/1 to go on and win the competition.
Compared to prices around the world at the moment, Golovin would be a decent price in the range between £25m to £30m. However, the need for Chelsea is great as they were far too reliant on Eden Hazard in the final third last season. Their big signing of last summer, Alvaro Morata, failed to fire in front of goal in the decisive moments of the campaign, despite making a good start to life at Stamford Bridge. Whether the Chelsea manager is Antonio Conte or Maurizio Sarri at the start of the new season, they will have to weigh up their options to get their best out of the team on the pitch.
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Olivier Giroud could be an important player for the Blues next term and he did make an impact in his five months at the club after joining from Arsenal. Conte or Sarri will be paying attention to see how he has been deployed at World Cup 2018 for France. He has played the lone striker role with Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Blaise Matuidi playing behind as three support players. That system could suit Chelsea perfectly with the addition of Golovin alongside Willian and Hazard.
Hazard has been known to not play well with others in the final third, but Golovin appears to have a similar trait to the Belgian, displaying a willingness to run with the ball. That could alleviate the pressure off the 26-year-old as Chelsea looked to him far too often to provide solutions, especially in bigger games when the leading sides made significant strides to put defenders around him. An additional ball carrier could provide the perfect complement with Giroud occupying space in the middle. Add Willian’s deadly delivery from dead-ball situations, then Chelsea could be on their way to forming a formidable forward line if they can get a deal for Golovin secured.