By Dave Marshall
One of the stars of Russia’s positive start to this summer’s World Cup, Aleksandr Golovin, is reportedly taking English lessons, which could be a positive sign on the transfer front.
United have been monitoring the 22-year-old midfielder, who impressed in the Russian Premier League last year with CSKA Moscow and has taken that form into the international tournament.
The Kaltan-born creator has set up two goals in his first two games; a lovely delivery for Yuri Gazinskiy’s opener in the curtain-raiser and then a dinked cross for Artem Dyzuba’s header. Later in that 5-0 win, he rounded off the scoring with an expertly-placed free-kick in injury-time.
He also looked bright in the second group game – a 3-1 win over Egypt – even if he wasn’t directly involved in any of the goals that time.
Golovin looks a threat on either wing or in a more central position, because he is so confident with both feet. His flexibility, creativity and eye-for-goal makes him a difficult player for defenders to read and somebody who, if he signed, would add much-needed unpredictability to our build-up play.
The player’s father has stated that his son has started learning English, perhaps with the intention of moving to the Premier League. He has been linked to Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and even Juventus, who are all willing to sign for the attacking midfielder. As culled from Metro, Golovin’s father told Komsomolskaya Pravda: ‘I know that Sasha has already started learning English.’
Last season, he scored 7 goals and created 6 assists in 43 matches as his club narrowly failed to win the league title. Golovin is a player that is best placed as a central attacking midfielder with the license to roam and create chances for his teammates.
He made his debut for CSKA Moscow in 2014 and has since made 113 appearances, scoring 13 times and winning the league in 2016.
He is under contract with his club till 2021, which means that his club are not under any pressure to sell him and will demand a hefty fee from any potential suitors. For the best players though, we have to pay and this might just be a move worth making.