Chelsea have been handed huge boost in the race for CSKA Moscow star Aleksandr Golovin, who has snubbed a late bid from Monaco, according to reports.
The Blues were also sweating on Juventus stepping up their interest in the attacking midfielder who steered the hosts to the World Cup quarter-finals.
Golovin scored seven goals in 38 appearances for CSKA who finished two points behind champions Lokomotiv in the Russian top flight.
He enhanced his growing reputation at the World Cup with his club hoping his performances would spark a bidding war for his signature.
New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has already agreed terms with the 22-year-old as his mother let it slip he was on his way to West London.
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But Sarri now looks to have got his man as Calciomercato journalist Matteo Pedrosi reports Golovin has snubbed a move to the Stade Louis II stadium.
He tweeted: “Chelsea and CSKA have agreed terms for a deal to sign Aleksandr Golovin.
“Player has rejected Monaco offer.
“No Juve advance, Golovin will be a new Chelsea midfielder.”
Sarri will also look to add Juve defender Daniele Rugani to his ranks to bolster his defensive options.
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