Chelsea remain interested in signing Dinamo Moscow’s 19-year-old central midfielder, Arsen Zakharyan.
What’s the word?
That is according to esteemed super-journalist Fabrizio Romano, who claims that the Blues have identified the midfielder as a target for both “present and future”, with the Russian starlet fitting into Chelsea’s plans over the next few months.
Taking to his personal Twitter page to issue the update, Romano said: “Chelsea remain interested in Arsen Zakharyan as potential target for present and future, there’s a plan to follow the Russian talent in the next months.
“There was no full agreement on fee with Dinamo Moscow in August but personal terms were 100% agreed.”
Another Boehly transfer target
As Romano states, personal terms with Zakharyan were “100% agreed”, which bodes well for Todd Boehly and co, who have already done 50% of the work for this deal and just need to strike a deal with the club.
At 19-years-old, Zakharyan has already been capped four times by his country and is enjoying a third campaign in the Russian top flight, having helped himself to a solitary goal and two assists in eight appearances so far.
The youngster will be looking to better his total of 13 attacking returns from last season, and will need to score more than seven goals and acquire more than six assists in 29 games in order to achieve just that.
Zakharyan’s versatility will have been another big factor as to why Boehly is looking to prise him away from his homeland, as well as the fact that he fits into the self-appointed sporting director’s “top talents strategy”, which focuses on harnessing some of the best young talent in the current footballing landscape, to drip-feed through to the first team over the next few seasons, in a model that would theoretically see Chelsea stay consistently strong over a number of years, without having to break the bank each transfer window.
It’s a clever yet ambitious model by Boehly, who will be looking to wrap this deal up over the next few months.