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Tuesday June 19 2018
Juventus must go for Golovin

Aleksandr Golovin is worth the risk and could become a major coup, but Juventus can’t hesitate, writes Vilizar Yakimov.

When the rumours that Juventus were interested in Aleksandr Golovin came out a couple of days before the World Cup, very few Italians knew who the Russian was. Probably some had heard the name, or had watched a game or two, and while the CSKA Moscow midfielder was a fairly popular figure in Eastern Europeand in Football Betting circles, he still was an unknown player for the majority.

However, we all know that the World Cup is a different animal and just a few days later, the world already knew who Golovin was. The 22-year-old was simply magnificent in Russia’s opening game against Saudi Arabia, registering two assists and a scoring stunning late freekick in the resounding 5-0 victory.

At the time, Juventus’ CEO Giuseppe Marotta had already confirmed that “signing Golovin is more than a possibility” and based on his performance against Saudi Arabia, it is easy to see why the Bianconeri are interested in his services.

Putting his goal and two assists aside, Golovin also registered four tackles, two interceptions, while he also completed the impressive five key passes and two dribbles. And while it would be immature to judge a players’ ability from a single game, the stats highlight Golovin’s ability to produce solid all-round displays - something that CSKA Moscow get from him on a weekly basis.

Despite being just 22, the midfielder already has more than 100 games for the Russian giants and the Saudi Arabia match was his 20th international cap. Golovin was a starter in all of CSKA Moscow’s Champions League games in the group stage this season, while he was also instrumental in his side’s run to the quarter-finals of the Europa League, where he scored crucial goals against Lyon and Arsenal.

Juve’s midfield has been one of the side’s biggest weaknesses eversince Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba left the club and it is no secret that strengthening this area is the club’s main objective for the summer mercato. Emre Can’s expected arrival will add steel and allow Miralem Pjanic to move in a more advanced role, where the Bosnian maestro can add creativity and influence the Bianconeri’s attacking movesmore.

However, Claudio Marchisio’s fitness problems have affected his performances badly, which leaves Massimiliano Allegri without an alternative to Pjanic. This is a huge issue, considering the amount of games the Bianconeri have been playing in the last few seasons, so bringing in another creative midfielder is a must.

Golovin would be an ideal fit, as Allegri would be able to use his favorite cautious approach of integrating new players, which would allow the Russian to settle in and gain valuable experience. Considering that two of Sami Khedira, Stefano Sturaro and Marchisio are probably going to leave the club, Golovin will be getting enough playing time to integrate and add another dimension to Juve’s midfield.

The tifosi would probably prefer another Slavic midfielder to join the Old Lady in the summer, as Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has been labelled as the dream midfield signing by many Juventini. However, the Serbian’s excessive price-tag, which considering Claudio Lotito’s relationship with Juventus might reach well above €100 mln, seems like a real deal-breaker at this point.

On the other hand, it was initially reported that CSKA Moscow would demand €20 mln euro for Golovin, which looks like a great price for a player of his talents. However, if the 22-year-old continues to perform anywhere near the level he displayed against Saudi Arabia, his price-tag will rise dramatically very shortly.

According to the latest reports, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal are also interested in his services, so the Bianconeri need to move fast, as they cannot afford to start a bidding war against the Premier League giants.

Getting Milinkovic-Savic or not, Juventus would do well to sign Golovin, as the Russian has shown enough quality and maturity to become a key cog for the Turin giants.

Have your say...
The riskiest transfer a club can make is after a world cup. The biggest stage, a very small sample size. This would be a terrible signing. Juventus are one of the biggest teams in the world. They shouldn't be taking chances on players, but rather buying world class players.
on the 26th June, 2018 at 9:22pm
@ anon

I know this is Out of Topic, however news that says Juventus is ready to let Rugani go is pure garbage. I have no idea why do you think it's true.

About Golovin, you should ask Allegri if he really needs the kid or not.
on the 22nd June, 2018 at 9:45pm
@anon are you serious. Rugani is average and 35m for him is a great sale. Juve already have Caldara for the future.
on the 22nd June, 2018 at 6:03pm
a bigger concern is that Juve are willing to let Rugani go, and keep old defenders
on the 22nd June, 2018 at 7:20am
As much as i agree with some of you. I would still accept a move. He is only 22 yrs old and none of those other russians ever played for a team like juve. 25 mil is too low a figure in this day and age to not take a chance. I dont want another veratti situation.
on the 21st June, 2018 at 12:57pm
I have reservations on his adaptability. Russians are known for their struggles to adapt in a different football environment. Plenty of no-lesser players before him proved my point, they were even more talented than Golovin: Mostovoi, Karpin, Arshavin... but failed to cut it at the very top level. Juve is great club. They require the sort of quality Russians often lack: grit, winning mentality, physical strength, tactical awareness, and crazy desire to improve one's self.
on the 21st June, 2018 at 8:35am
I am actually happy golovin had a good game in his 2nd world cup game and not an excellent one. it is a chance now for marotta to close the deal before his price skyrockets with another excellent performance. obviously there is a problem of Russian players not settling but at juve I believe the squad would help him acclimatize. a player like this could be very useful to juve.I like his direct play.he isn't just taking the safe option of passing horizontal. he is looking to get forward and attack
on the 21st June, 2018 at 2:42am
Nah this is not gonna happen. Even if he gets better and better in WC, Marotta won't appreciate his talent and stick to a cheap-a** offer in days and days of boring cheap-a** negotiation until some big clubs from EPL, Bundesliga or La Liga comes with their **real** money and snap him right in front of our cheap-a** faces in just 1 hr transfer talk.

Be realistic.
on the 20th June, 2018 at 4:00am
People saying one game doesn't make a career (cough cough Anonymous), he played all of CSKA's Europa league games and scored against Lyon and Arsenal. He's the Russian engine in Midfield, so no...it's not one game.
on the 20th June, 2018 at 1:06am
Sell Sturaro 15 mill and Higuain 55-60 mill and Marchisio 8-10 mill and buy Cancelo 35-40 mill, Golovin 20-25 mill and Savic100-110 mill..
on the 19th June, 2018 at 4:03pm
@Juve kenya Emre Can is going to play as a regista. That's the reason he left liverpool. Because Henderson plays as a regista there.
on the 19th June, 2018 at 12:59pm
Golovin is a definite buy to allow pjankc to work as a central midfielder rather than as a regista. I think marchisio is the best registra we can muster at the moment. Forget SMS as he is too costly and get Pogba. But before getting pogba, try the Higuain +50M cash for Mauro Icardi. It would mean we have talent like 1. Perin 2. Cancelo 3. Alex Sandro, marchisio, pjanic, Pogba, Dybala, icardi. That is frightening!
on the 19th June, 2018 at 12:15pm
if i had to choose between sms and pogba, i would choose the latter. he did well in here. he needs to be motivated in the right way. pity that buffon had to leave.
on the 19th June, 2018 at 11:56am
True - Juve are known for stalling they should wrap Golovin up asap, they could have signed Savic for 70million last season... A midfield including:

Pjanic
Milinkovic Savic
Emre Cann
Matuidi
Golovin
Bentancur
Marchiso

That looks pretty strong... Khedira should move on...
on the 19th June, 2018 at 11:08am
one game doesn't make a career... we'll see how he can transition to Serie A - if he actually gets there...
on the 19th June, 2018 at 11:08am
We should buy Golovin, Pellegrini, Cancelo, and maybe Darmian to cover for Spinazzola while he is injured.
on the 19th June, 2018 at 10:49am
Juve should be all over him.

In today's crazy prices, he could be a bargain. And even if he didin't work out that well, he's young enough to get the money back or probably make a profit.

Creativity and an aging squad are problems for Juve, so it's a no-brainer. Sturaro, Marchisio and Khedira aren't really up to it anymore for one reason or another, and Golovin should be a step-up
on the 19th June, 2018 at 10:27am
I don't what marotta is doing. get close to the 25mil. these bids of 15mil plus bonusses wont cut it. they should do it before tuesdays game starts. I agree with the SMS chase the numbers are crazy now. when I see him play his style reminds me of Iniesta in attack in some midfielder just pass it side to side. he picks it up and looks to sprint forward and attack. its refreshing. also real impressed at how well he wins the ball without fouling. get the deal closed marotta
on the 19th June, 2018 at 9:41am
Considering his style of play and age I'd say 20 mil is an absolute bargain. As hopeful as I am that we'll be able to get him at this price, I'm wishing he does not perform so well that other Elites would run after him with an excessive price tag :~/
on the 19th June, 2018 at 9:41am

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