Monaco have announced the signing of Aleksandr Golovin on a five-year deal, the Russia midfielder joining the Ligue 1 side from CSKA Moscow.
Juventus and Chelsea were strongly linked with the 22-year-old, but he has opted to join up with Leonardo Jardim’s side in Ligue 1.
Golovin scored one goal and created two more as Russia surprisingly reached the quarter-finals of their home World Cup before losing to Croatia in a penalty shoot-out.
The midfielder boosted his reputation with a series of strong showings throughout the tournament and was subsequently linked with a lucrative switch to Premier League giants Chelsea and Serie A champions Juventus.
Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev suggested this week his club had won the race for Golovin and the deal, reported to be worth around €30million, was completed on Friday.
“We are very happy with the arrival of Aleksandr Golovin at Monaco,” Vasilyev told the club’s official website. “He is a talented young player, very prominent during the World Cup, but we have been following him for a long time.
“He already has solid experience in the Russian first division and internationally. Despite the competition of very large European clubs, Aleksandr has chosen the sporting project of Monaco, which will offer him the best conditions to continue his progress.”
Golovin joins defender Pele, midfielder Jean-Eudes Aholou and teenager Willem Geubbels among Monaco’s new signings for the 2018-19 Ligue 1 season, although Thomas Lemar has been sold to Atletico Madrid and Fabinho joined Liverpool.
“I am very happy to sign at Monaco,” said Golovin, who won the Russian title in 2016 with CSKA. “This is a new adventure for me that I approach with a lot of ambitions.
“I am now very much looking forward to meeting the staff and my new team-mates and to get going.”