Monaco have completed the signing of Chelsea target Aleksandr Golovin on a five-year deal from CSKA Moscow.
The 22-year-old, who starred for Russia at the World Cup, had been linked with a move to stamford bridge, with new head coach Maurizio Sarri stating his interest in adding some midfield quality.
However, Golovin has been snapped up by the Ligue 1 team, with Monaco’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev admitting there was competition for his signature from “very large European clubs”.
“I am very happy to sign at AS Monaco,” Golovin said. “This is a new adventure for me that I approach with a lot of ambitions. I am now very much looking forward to meeting the staff and my new teammates and to get going.”