By Danny Wright
Arsenal are close to agreeing a £10million move for CSKA Moscow’s Aleksandr Golovin, according to a report.
Russian news website Sports.ru claims they have been told from sources close to CSKA that the Gunners are in the final stages of negotiations for the wide forward.
It is also understood that the Russian club want Golovin back on a loan deal for a year, but recently relegated Premier League club Hull also want him on a temporary basis.
Hull confirmed the appointment of former CSKA manager Leonid Slutsky as their new boss on Friday, meaning that there could still be a link between him and his old club.
Golovin, 21, has spent his whole career with the Moscow giants and can play in a variety of different positions across the pitch.
He spent most of last season playing on the left wing, but can also be deployed in a No 10 role or in a more reserved defensive midfielder spot.
The 12-times Russia international made 37 appearances across all competitions for CSKA this term, scoring three goals and supplying four assists.
Golovin featured twice against Arsenal’s rivals Tottenham in the Champions League group stages this term, however his side lost on both occasions.
Football Insider Verdict
A player like Golovin could be invaluable to a team like Arsenal due to the amount of positions he can play in. The Gunners are known to struggle with injuries so having an up-and-coming youngster who can play almost anywhere in the midfield is a good option to have on the bench. A move to Hull could be beneficial for him. He’s likely to get game time there and working with Slutsky could help him adjust better to life in English football. Golovin is still young and has a long way to go in his development, but could become to new Andriy Arshavin at the Emirates.
In other Arsenal news, Ian Wright has said that the Gunners need a player like this 25-year-old.