Chelsea seem to be advancing in transfer deals, despite having still not sacked Antonio Conte, and replacing him with Maurizio Sarri, as widely reported around the world.

Russia’s World Cup starlet Aleksandr Golovin has been tracked by Chelsea for over a year, with owner Roman Abramovich having close links with his club CSKA Moscow.

Now it appears that the blues are in advanced stages of signing the 22-year old midfielder, who’s also been strongly linked with Juventus and Arsenal. Sky Italy have reported that incoming manager Maurizio Sarri has been informed about the deal, and has approved the signing, putting Chelsea ahead of Juventus in the race to sign to Russian international.

He is expected to be one of the two first summer signings by the Stamford Bridge club, as they also look to seal the deal for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, according to widespread media reports.

This will be an impressive double coup for Chelsea, as they look to seal both players, who are under the age of 23, for less than £50 million combined transfer fee’s.

Finally, as all the talk of transfers surface around Sarri being the Chelsea manager, could we finally see an announcement with both him being confirmed, and Chelsea sacking Conte?

Well, Sport Italia claim that July the 2nd is the day we will likely hear of the official confirmation of Sarri joining Chelsea. While Goal Italy go one step further and state that Sarri will be allowed to leave on a free, with the blues paying no compensation. But only after July the 1st, once Carlo Ancelotti officially starts his contract with the club.

This of course could all make perfect sense, even though still considered hugely risky by Chelsea leaving it so late to confirm a manger. But they may well have been waiting to get Sarri on a free, keeping the expenses down, knowing that sacking Conte will cost them nearly £10 million. And if they’ve been working on deals in the meantime, all is good, right?

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