'Favourites to sign him': Chelsea are now in pole position to get £12m player, talks are ongoing - Romano
Chelsea are reportedly favourites to sign Arsen Zakharyan from Russian top-flight club Dynamo Moscow.
Zakharyan, 19, is a talented youngster already playing regular first-team football.
The attacking midfielder has been a regular for Dynamo Moscow this season, scoring three goals and making six assists in 20 games across all competitions.
He’s carrying on the success of a real breakout year in the first team last season, which has helped him now earn four senior international caps for Russia.
Chelsea favourites to sign Arsen Zakharyan
According to well-respected journalist Fabrizio Romano on Caught Offside, Chelsea are currently in talks to sign Zakharyan and are favourites to secure his signature.
It is understood that discussions are ongoing with all parties, and they’re not yet at the final stages, but the Blues are in pole position to get it sorted in the future.
In our view, this looks like a transfer that can get made at some stage.
Zakharyan admitted last month that he hopes he can complete a move to Stamford Bridge after Chelsea tried to sign him.
The Evening Standard reports that the Blues agreed a £12.6million deal in the summer to sign the Dynamo Moscow teenager before FIFA and UEFA restrictions blocked the move.
Will Zakharyan be the latest rising star to be snapped up by Chelsea?
There’s been a host of teenage talents arrive at the club in the last few months, with the Blues heirarchy clearly shifting a lot of attention on the youth.
For certain, Chelsea do keep producing and nurturing these young players for the future. In fact, Lewis Hall made a great impression stepping up from the academy to the first team in the past couple of games.
The difference with Zakharyan is that he’s already a Russia international that will surely want to be playing football right now.