Always looking for the next talent, Arsène Wenger, like most managers, will have a long list of contacts he can get in touch with in case he needs a second opinion.
Among this list happens to be a certain Russian agent named Sandor Varga, who claims to have been asked by the Arsenal manager to keep an eye on CSKA Moscow’s Alexander Golovin.
The interview with Sport-Express came after Barcelona’s director of football, Robert Fernandez, was spotted in the stands of the CSKA’s clash with Basel midweek, presumably to watch the 21-year-old.
When asked if he felt Golovin could play for the La Liga leaders one day, he said: “Why not? I see great potential in him. This summer, I watched Alexander a lot at the request of Arsène Wenger.
“Once such clubs follow the player, it means there’s something there. Their scouting services don’t just watch them for fun.”
Explaining he hadn’t been contacted by Barcelona about the Russia international, Varga said he was merely helping out an old friend who asked him for his opinion.
The agent also revealed he’d had chats with former CSKA and current Hull City manager Leonid Slutsky and current Russia manager Stanislav Cherchesov about Golovin, and only heard positive things.
Finally, asked if he felt which team would be more suited for the midfielder, he said: “It all depends on the manager. I have full faith in Wenger. If Sasha (Russian nickname for Alexander) gets to play under him, he’ll be very lucky.”
It’s safe to say Arsenal’s interest in Golovin very much exists.
After that, will they make a move? We’ll have to wait until January at the earliest.