Chelsea could complete £15m January raid for highly-rated starlet

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A key area in which Chelsea could arguably strengthen is midfield, and reports claim they may set their sights on CSKA Moscow ace Aleksandr Golovin.

Despite still only being just 21 years of age, Golovin has made 96 appearances in all competitions for the Russian giants, while he has 15 caps for the national team.

In turn, it seems as though the central midfielder is expected to be a key figure for club and country moving forward for years to come, boasting plenty of experience at such a young age.

Having sold Nemanja Matic to Man Utd this past summer, and with their own summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko coming under fire at the weekend during the defeat to West Ham United, it has led to a potential problem for Antonio Conte in midfield.

According to The Sun, Golovin could be a £15m solution to that issue in January, although it’s suggested that the youngster could be sent back to CSKA on loan for the rest of the season so as to avoid disrupting his progression and development.

One intriguing element of the report claims that Roman Abramovich is keen and wants to snap him up before the World Cup. Given his age, his quality and importance to Russia, that £15m price-tag is likely to rocket if he has a decent tournament.

In turn, swooping in January, if Chelsea are convinced of his quality, would be a sensible move as £15m seems like a bargain for such a strong young player with his entire career still ahead of him.

The Sun add that Arsenal are also reportedly interested, but time will tell if they are able to beat Chelsea to Golovin’s signature as he may well be a priority for them. Without a great deal of depth in midfield, the Russian ace is also able to add a bit of creativity to offer an alternative to Cesc Fabregas.

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