In Focus: Chelsea keen on £20 million-rated Russian midfielder

According to The Daily Mail, Chelsea are chasing 20-year-old Russian star Aleksandr Golovin to add strength to their squad as they ready themselves for European competition again.

Young Golovin is the most promising player in Russian football and has been under the watchful eye of many European clubs since he burst onto the scene at the European Championships last summer.

Antonio Conte has been reportedly keeping a close eye on the progress of the 20-year-old this season and has sent scouts to CSKA Moscow games to analyse Golovin’s progress.

How good has Golovin been this season?

In short – very good. Golovin has been an ever present for CSKA this season, featuring 43 times in all competitions. He faired well in the Champions League, despite his teams’ less than impressive performance in the group stages and showcased his ability as a holding midfielder very well.

While he is not a technically gifted talent, Golovin has shown his consistency and hard-working attitude this season with a number of man of the match performances.

He has also helped his teams’ cause with four goals and three assists, demonstrating that, despite his defensive role, he can still contribute offensively in a proficient manner.

Is Golovin a good fit for Chelsea?

While talk of Nemanja Matic leaving Chelsea have thus far remained rumour only, Aleksandr Golovin would represent the perfect replacement for the Serbian.

Even if Matic remains at the Bridge, Golovin would be a more than capable substitute, especially as Chelsea will be contending with European football again next season.