Report: Player has agreement with club to sell their 9-assist star, amid West Ham interest
According to The Athletic, West Ham United target Aleksandr Golovin has a gentlemen’s agreement with Monaco that will allow him to leave the Ligue 1 side this summer.
Golovin is under contract at the Stade Louis II until 2024 and is happy with life at the Principality side. But Monaco will not stand in his way should they receive bids that offer the Russian a ‘significant opportunity’.
Any suitor would have to present the 25-year-old with a significant step up from Les Monegasques. The club’s stature and the quality of life available are key to Golovin listening to any offers to leave Monaco.
Golovin is leaning on Arsenal icon and Premier League winner with Chelsea Cesc Fabregas for advice, as well. The Spaniard is offering him guidance as the £84,000-per-week playmaker considers what is best for his long-term career aspirations.
The midfielder has already rejected offers to join West Ham and Sevilla in the past 12-months. Neither matched his ambitions to play for a top European side. Other clubs have also expressed their interest to his agent, and discussions will ramp up after Euro 2020.
Several top clubs are interested in the 38-cap international, who will play a central role in Russia’s European Championship plans. He enters the tournament after recording six goals and nine assists in all competitions for Monaco last season.
TBR’s view: West Ham should go back in for Golovin
Golovin may have rejected West Ham recently, but David Moyes should go back in for the Monaco maestro this summer. He can show the 25-year-old that the Hammers are on the up after guiding the club into the Europa League just a year after avoiding relegation.
The Russian could play a key role in the Irons now taking the next step and becoming regulars in Europe. And after that, follow Leicester in trying to break up the established top-six and competing for Champions League football.
Golovin would be a very promising option at the London Stadium if Moyes can convince him of the move. As only one of his 15 goal involvements last season came in 2020, having been forced to miss 15 games after a hamstring injury.
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