When Gianluca Di Marzio reported that Juventus had upped its offer for Aleksandr Golovin to €20 million, I was happy because I got the impression that something could happen. Twenty-four hours later, another Di Marzio report has me feeling the completely opposite kind of way in terms of Juventus acquiring Golovin.
Here, via Di Marzio’s website, is pretty much what he said in the above video:
Talks between Juventus and CSKA are cooling off for Aleksandr Golovin. The last offer Juventus made was 20 million plus bonuses for the Russian youngster and they will not match the 25 million that is being asked for by CSKA. They have decided to stay put at their current number.
Chelsea have now approached the player, with Marina Granovskaia ready to meet the player’s agents before the World Cup. In the case of Sarri taken over, he has already given his OK to the transfer, as he tried to sign the player a few times while in charge of Napoli. The Russian connection between the owner and the player could see Golovin headed to the blues.
Soooooooooooooo ... yeah.
In case you’re going to be all like “STOP BEING SUCH A DI MARZIO HOMER!!” there’s something that you should know. He’s not the only Italian media outlet reporting this quite important development in Juventus’ chase to sign the 22-year-old Russian midfielder.
The risk of Golovin pushing his value higher was always going to be a major possibility once he ran wild on Saudi Arabia in the World Cup opener. And, with all four of Juve’s reported bids being short of the €25 million figure that CSKA Moskow has always wanted.
And now, even as Juve’s reported €20 million plus bonuses bid gets rejected, it’s not exactly like Juve are still in pole position to sign Golovin. Instead, there’s the feeling from one of Italy’s most reliable transfer reporters that Juve’s fallen behind Chelsea in the race to sign Golovin this summer. Oh well.