Arsenal scout Pavel Kucherov has played down talk of a move for CKSA Moscow midfielder Aleksandr Golovin claiming he is not yet good enough for the club.
Recent reports have claimed Arsene Wenger was ready to spend £10 million on the 21-year-old this summer, but Kucherov, who works for the club as a scout in Russia, does not expect him to move to north London.
“This was a surprise for me. Usually, these things aren’t publicised and are kept private,” he told Sport Express (via Football365).
“He is not talented enough for the European level and it’s unrealistic to discuss his transfer to a top Premier League club.
“To make it to a top Premier League club, Aleksandr would need to improve his football in general, as well as his physical, psychological and mental attributes.
“If Golovin wants to prove himself in England, he will have to do it step by step. Because of high competition, he would be getting little playing time to prove himself.”
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Kucherov also insisted he had not been asked about Golovin by anyone at Arsenal and also spoke about the possibility of the midfielder being signed and then loaned back to CSKA.
“It’s the right strategy for a top club that wants to buy a player and develop him,” he added.
“Only this approach will give the player a chance to prove himself in the Premier League, although if Arsenal decide to proceed with this transfer, I don’t think it would be the right move to keep the player in the Russian league.
“He would not be developing there in the same way he would in England or Germany and he definitely needs to move to a club of a different level and pressure where he can take the next step towards making it at the club.”
Certainly sounds like one transfer that may not happen this summer.