Aleksandr Golovin’s mother has confirmed her son is in talks with Chelsea over a potential transfer to the Premier League.
Chelsea have been linked with the Russia midfielder and Goal reported last week that Chelsea were leading the chase for the CSKA Moscow man.
Juventus are understood to have made a €20million bid and looked favourites to land the midfielder, while Arsenal have also watched the player.
But the Daily Mail reported on Friday that “Chelsea have initiated talks with the representatives”of Golovin and Blues owner Roman Abramovich has apparently assured CSKA they will get closer to their €30m asking price.
Metro claim Manchester United are also nterested in signing Golovin, but Chelsea look to be heading the queue.
“Yes, now there are talks between the clubs, but we still do not know the details,” said Golovin’s mother Svetlana, as cited in the tabloid.
“Sacha right now stands only for the Russian team, fully focused on the World Cup. The transition from one club to another will only be discussed after it is completed here.
“For now, everyone loves my Sacha, even those who before didn’t care about football. His biggest fan is his 83-year-old grandmother – she does not miss a single match.”
According to reports from Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport Serie A champions Juve saw a bid rejected with CSKA then deciding to raise their asking price to €25-30m, mainly due to the interest of Arsenal and Chelsea.
Golovin’s father is also reported to have revealed his son was learning English.
The 22-year-old is under contract with CSKA until 2021, but is keen to take on a new challenge after spending his entire professional career to date in Russia.