Arsenal, Chelsea FC fall behind Serie A giants in race to sign 23-year-old – report

Aleksandr Golovin favors a move to Serie A champions Juventus ahead of a switch to Arsenal or Chelsea FC this summer, according to a report in Italy.

Italian newspaper Tuttosport, as quoted by Calcio Mercato, is reporting that Golovin has his heart set on a switch to the Serie A giants this summer.

The same article states Chelsea FC was initially leading the race to sign Golovin but Juventus have edged in front of the FA Cup winners.

According to the same story, Golovin would prefer to move to Turin rather than London and Juventus can also offer the Russia international Champions League football next season.

Tuttosport adds that CSKA Moscow value the World Cup star at around £27m, which could be out of Arsenal’s transfer budget given new manager Unai Emery has already signed five new players this summer.

Chelsea FC finished in the fifth spot in the Premier League table last season to miss out on a place in Europe’s premier club competition.

The Blues won the FA Cup in Antonio Conte’s final season in charge thanks to a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Wembley.

Conte was axed as Chelsea FC manager on Thursday evening after just two seasons in charge of the west London club.

Antonio Conte: Chelsea decision has huge impact on Premier League – Carragher

Chelsea confirmed the much-anticipated departure of Conte on Friday with Maurizio Sarri expected to replace the Italian.

Conte can leave with his head held high having won the Premier League and FA Cup in his two seasons in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Though it was widely expected that he would depart following frustrations with the board over transfer dealings.

But former Liverpool defender Carragher believes England will miss Conte, though he also feels Chelsea will still be strong.

“Losing Antonio Conte is a big blow for the Premier League,” Carragher told Sky Sports News.

“I think he’s been brilliant. He changed to three at the back at Chelsea and it seemed like the whole country changed to it – even England did.

“He’s had a major impact in English football. To come in and win the league then the FA Cup in your first two years is some achievement.

“You always think with Chelsea: ‘how can they lose this top manager and bring another one in’ but they’ve always done it and carried on being successful. It’s the Roman Abramovich way.

“It will be tough to replicate what Conte did as the competition is so fierce with Manchester City pushing on.”

Chelsea have already identified transfer targets and are in talks with Juventus over central defender Daniele Rugani having made a bid of £30m.

The Blues also hope to sign CSKA Moscow midfielder Aleksandr Golovin and Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker.

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