Chelsea have been handed a blow in the race for Aleksandr Golovin as the Russian has opted to move to Monaco rather than Stamford Bridge, with the Russia international set to put pen to a five-year deal with the French club.
Monaco chief Vadim Vasilyev has confirmed Monaco are set to confirm the deal, and he believes the ‘sports project’ which they were able offer is more suitable for a young player in a transition stage such as Golovin.
Vasilyev also confirmed that hijacking the deal from Chelsea wasn’t an easy one.
In a statement on Wednesday evening, he confirmed: “Monaco and CSKA this afternoon finally agreed on the transfer of Golovin.
“They really were complicated. Honestly, until the last moment I was not sure that I would be able to coordinate this transfer.
“In addition to Chelsea, there was Juventus for Golovin. In early May this year I heard from one the leaders of the Turin club that Aleksandr’s transfer to their team was a done deal.
“However, our main competitor was Chelsea. I believe Monaco offered more favourable conditions for the club and a more understandable sports project for Golovin.
“Chelsea – this is a top club, which I treat with great respect. However, the midfield in the English team is overloaded.
“In my opinion, Golovin will definitely play in any of the leading clubs in the world. But it will take him some time, a transition stage.”