Everton are rumoured to be interested in acquiring the services of Russian midfielder, Aleksandr Golovin from AS Monaco.
Everton have contacted AS Monaco over a potential deal for attacking midfielder Aleksandr Golovin, with Rafa Benitez looking to bolster his creative options in attack.
Golovin had his shining moment at just 21 years-old, scoring a stunning free-kick in the 2018 World Cup opening game against Saudi Arabia.
His positive involvement in the Russian National Team and contributions at CSKA Moscow landed him a £27m move to AS Monaco that same summer.
Impressing in France, he has achieved 16 goals and 22 assists over his 106 appearances for the French side.
His playmaking qualities have also gained him significant attention, averaging 1.5 key passes per game this season, making him the most consistent at the club so far this season.
Journalist Adam White spoke on Aleksandr Golovin, stating that the 25-year-old “has got the quality” to fill the position left by James Rodriguez. A player Everton have yet to replace since the Columbian left for Qatar last summer.
The Ligue 1 side are said to be looking for a fee between €40-50million for the Russian star.
No official bid has been made yet, but the Toffees look set to enquire further as Golovin has stated his enthusiasm regarding working under Benitez, Russian outlet Championat reported.
Aleksandr Golovin has all the characteristics of a potentially great signing for the club.
However, a significant obstacle to this transfer seems to be the price attached to the attacking midfielder. Everton have stated that the current transfer fee is too high for the Toffees to consider. With Golovin being a pivotal player for the Monégasques, it could be hard to tempt the French outfit to reduce its price demands.
Interest from West Ham may also be a challenge for Everton to overcome. With the Hammers sitting in 5th, challenging for a Champions League spot and the Toffees languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League, David Moyes’s West Ham may look a way more attractive prospect for the attacking midfielder at this moment.
Nevertheless, the sale of Lucas Digne could give Everton the available funds they need to meet the asking price. And with Golovin making it clear he’s “ready to take the next step,” this could be the marquee signing the Toffees are looking for.
With the departure of Marcel Brands and the leading of recruitment handed to Rafa Benitez, this transfer window could be the Spaniard’s opportunity to turn Everton’s season around.
Rumour Rating: 2/5