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Aleksandr Golovin has snubbed Arsenal and Chelsea to complete a move to Monaco, the club’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has confirmed.
The future of CSKA Moscow’s Golovin has been the subject of much speculation following the midfielder’s impressive showing as Russia’s poster boy at the World Cup.
Juventus were initially in pole position to land Golovin before Chelsea stepped up their pursuit of the 22-year-old, with the Premier League club holding advanced negotiations over a summer transfer.
However, Monaco soon joined the race to sign Golovin and the Russia international is set to undergo a medical with the Ligue 1 outfit at the end of this week.
Golovin is expected to join Monaco on a five-year deal for a fee of around £30million (£27m).
Monaco chief Vasilyev believes the ‘sports project’ which they were able offer is more suitable for a young player in a transition stage such as Golovin.
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 him some time, a transition stage.’