Chelsea in pole position to sign World Cup star

The Blues have beaten off competition from Serie A giants

Chelsea are expected to overhaul their side this summer after an underwhelming campaign last season. They finished 5th in the league and will miss the Champions League in the upcoming season.

Though Blues ended the campaign on a bright note after defeating Manchester United in the FA Cup final. But they need reinforcements in key areas to compete for Silverware in the upcoming season.

They have been behind in the transfer window compared to other Premier League rivals as they are still yet to clarify their managerial situation. Antonio Conte remains the head coach despite being heavily linked with a summer exit.

The Italian has been linked with an exit for quite some now after a decline in club’s performances during the last campaign. The coach’s future has been under scrutiny since before the season began, as he negotiated a pay-rise without extending his contract and complaints over the club’s transfer policy.

But the English side feel confident that they will land former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri and want to provide him with new additions. They have accelerated their transfer plans this week after direct talks with the 59 year old.

Chelsea are nearing their first signing of the summer after making progress in a meeting with Russia star Aleksandr Golovin’s agent, Goal understands.

The midfielder made his debut for CSKA Moscow and has been a mainstay at the midfield since then. He is contracted with then until the end of the 2029-2021 season.

The 22 year old was a regular for the team last season, scored 7 goals and assisted 4 in 38 appearances in all competitions.

The Russia International has been one of the relevations of the 2018 World Cup, impressing in Russia’s opening two fixtures in the group stages and helped them to progress to the Round of 16.

Juventus were in a pole position to sign him and made a €20 million offer. But the Premier League giants stole the march on them and are ready to pay  closer to €30 million. They believe the he can add creative impetus to their squad and are confident he could make an impact in the ­Premier League.

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