The Evening Standard are carrying reports that Maurizio Sarri is edging closer to be being named next Chelsea manager, along with former club legend Gianfranco Zola as his assistant in a new look coaching team.

Zola is apparently heading to London this week to discuss a deal with his former club, cutting short a spell as a TV pundit for the World Cup. If the Standard has it right then both men could be revealed later this week – depending on the compensation pay-off of current boss Antonio Conte.

With new players being linked in their droves, should Maurizio Sarri be appointed, today the Evening Standard also reveal that Russia star Aleksandr Golovin is the latest target for Chelsea. The 22-year old midfielder has really made his mark this past season for his club CSKA Moscow – assisting six and scoring seven, whilst playing in all six of his club’s Champions League group games.

Blues fans are able to get a closer look at their potential new man at the World Cup, with Aleksandr Golovin already starring in his nation’s opening day 5-0 win, scoring once and assisting twice. Today Golovin will attempt to lead Russia to a second successive victory over a much tougher looking opponent in Egypt, who need to win.

Maurizio Sarri has reportedly been an admirer of the young Russian midfielder for a while, and will see a pathway to signing Golovin boosted with his potential new boss Roman Abramovich. The club owner could potentially be the deal-breaker in seeing one of Russia’s top players arrive in west London this summer. However, Juventus have also got Golovin on their radar and with an already more settled setup in Turin, Blues fans will hope that their club can get the management team sorted sooner rather than later.

Some other interesting stats from Golovin’s opening day appearance at this summer’s World Cup to encourage Chelsea fans further is that the 22-year old completed more successful passes than any other Russian player in the team, and covered the most distance on the pitch – an impressive near 13km.

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