Aleksandr Golovin
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Chelsea have reportedly placed talks to sign CSKA Moscow midfielder Aleksandr Golovin on hold until Maurizio Sarri is appointed.

Golovin was a highly coveted player before the start of the World Cup. His stock has risen considerably during the tournament, with the Russian playing a starring role in his country reaching the quarter-finals on home turf.

The 22-year-old covered almost 16km of ground during Russia’s victory over Spain on Sunday afternoon. That’s the most that any player has managed in the entire tournament to date. Can you imagine him in the middle of the park alongside the iron-lunged N’Golo Kante…

Chelsea’s interest in signing Golovin appears genuine, but talks have been put on hold, for now. According to the London Evening Standard, that’s due to the current managerial uncertainty at the club. Appointing Sarri as Antonio Conte’s successor appears to be the number one priority.

The London Evening Standard‘s report claims that Chelsea are putting the finishing touches on Sarri’s arrival, with official announcement of his arrival, and Conte’s departure, set to follow.

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