At some point, we knew this would happen because that’s just the nature of transfers.
When it comes to Juventus’ pursuit of Aleksandr Golovin, that days has arrived. According to Saturday’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus has submitted their first bid to CSKA Moskow to try and acquire Golovin, easily one of the World Cup’s most impressive performers through the first handful of games.
As the Gazzetta says, Juventus has offered €15 million.
As the Gazzetta also says, CSKA Moskow want €25 million.
So, it’s pretty easy to figure out that the two clubs are quite far apart on the potential price for Golovin. (Although, split it right down the middle and there’s the €20 million price tag that we heard when all of the Golovin-to-Juventus rumors started a few weeks ago.)
The obvious development with all of this is after Golovin’s big showing in Russia’s World Cup opener on Thursday is that CSKA Moskow could very well hold off on any kind of serious negotiations in an attempt to raise the price. That’s a pretty smart thing to do from their point of view because if Golovin plays anywhere close to how he did against Saudi Arabia then it’s not his price is going to go down. Same goes for the amount of clubs that could potentially try and sign him this summer.
But, on the Juventus side of things, you would like to think Beppe Marotta wants to try and get this deal done sooner rather than later for two reasons:
- Any kind of further World Cup awesomeness would push that reported €25 million price tag even further upwards.
- The more Golovin does Golovin things at the World Cup, the more high-profile clubs are going to seriously consider signing him this summer.
As Gazzetta points out, though, Juventus do currently have an upper hand on any other kind of competition from other clubs since they’ve already agreed to personal terms with Golovin himself. So they’ve reportedly got that going for themselves, which is nice.