Arsenal in advanced negotiations to sign CSKA Moscow midfielder

Arsenal are reportedly in advanced negotiations to secure a summer deal for promising Russian midfielder Aleksandr Golovin.


Sports.ru suggests that CKSA Moscow are close to finalising a £10m agreement which will see Golovin commit his future to the Gunners.

The 21-year-old made his debut for the Russian heavyweights during the 2015/16 campaign, and it was left season where he really made a mark with the Capital outfit. The youngster notched three goals and three assists in 30 outings for CSKA, who finished runners-up to Spartak Moscow for the league title.

Golovin is capable of plying his trade at either central midfield or on the left flank, and CSKA are likely to propose to take him on loan next season as part of any agreement. Meanwhile, there is the other option of the player linking up with Hull City, who are currently under the management of former CSKA boss Leonid Slutsky.

Arsenal are already crowded with players with creativity in the midfield department, and the club are more concerned over the striking department which needs an upgrade ahead of the new campaign. As a result, a temporary move could so well with Golovin, who could become the Gunners’ first Russian signing since Andrey Arshavin in 2009.

Despite his tender age, the midfielder has bagged 12 caps for the Russian national team, and he was part of the squad which suffered a dismal campaign at Euro 2016 in France. Both Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere are facing uncertain futures beyond next season, and Golovin could be integrated into the squad in order to cover up for one of the pair in the future.

The FA Cup holders have already recruited a new defender in the form of Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer, and they could be plenty more additions to the squad as they prepared themselves for a first-ever challenge in the Europa League next term.