Chelsea have been handed a blow in the transfer market as Aleksandr Golovin has opted to move to Monaco rather than Stamford Bridge, with the Russian Federation global set to put pen to paper on Friday.
Golovin scored one goal and made two assists in a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in Russia's opening World Cup fixture on home soil before he went on to impressive in their run to the quarter-finals.
Juventus were initially in pole position to land Golovin before Chelsea stepped up their pursuit of the 22-year-old, with the Premier League club holding advanced negotiations over a summer transfer.
The Blues have only signed Italy global Jorginho in a £57m deal from Serie A side Napoli to improve their options in the middle of the park ahead of the new season.
On Wednesday, Monaco vice-president Vasilyev confirmed that Golovin is set to join them at Stade Louis II after a transfer deal was agreed.
The Russian is expected to sign a five-year-deal with the Ligue 1 side for a reported fee of around £30million.
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"They [the negotiations] were complicated". Honestly, until the last moment I was not sure that I would be able to coordinate this transfer'.
"At a meeting with one of the leaders of the Turin club in early May of this year, I heard that Aleksandr's transfer to their team was a decided deal".
The three clubs who rushed to the front of the queue were Juventus, Chelsea and Monaco.
"However, our main competitor was Chelsea". But it will take him some more time, he is in a transition stage.