CSKA Moscow say they are confident Chelsea will wrap up a big-money move for Aleksandr Golovin.
The Blues have been heavily linked with the Russia World Cup midfielder and Sky in Italy claim a deal is close between Chelsea and the Russian outfit.
The Sun claim Chelsea have agreed a fee with CSKA for Golovin, believed to be around €30m, with the midfielder rejecting an offer from Monaco to head to Stamford Bridge.
New Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri tried to sign Golovin when he was in charge at Napoli and on Wednesday he said he wanted to add some quality to his central midfield.
“I cannot name any names because I don’t know who these people are. I spoke with the club and I said ideally a pinch of quality is lacking in our central midfield for a certain kind of play,” he said at today’s press conference.
“At the end of the transfers it will be up to me to decide what the most suitable play for our squad is. I must adapt to Chelsea and the available players.”
CSKA Moscow’s president Evgeniy Giner though says a deal has not yet be hammered out and warned Chelsea that rival clubs will be looking to sign the player.
In an interview with Russian site sport24, Giner said: “I believe that [he] can grow into a big star.
“I’m not sure that this can happen in the Russian championship. The level of the English Premier League or the championship of Spain is much higher.
“In order not to ruin [him], we must let him go. But we have no solution for today. When we receive an offer, we always try to negotiate openly.
“Indeed, we were visited by the vice-president of Monaco [Vadim Vasilyev] and he made a proposal for Golovin. If we talk about Chelsea, then there is no closed agreement with them. But the question of his transition will be decided, I think, in the next couple of days.”