Juventus are closely following Russian midfield sensation and CSKA starlet Aleksandr Golovin in the hopes of making a bid before the World Cup.

The 22-year-old midfielder has enjoyed a spectacular season in Russia, scoring seven goals and providing six assists in all competitions, earning attention from the likes of Arsenal, Monaco and now Juventus.

Corriere dello Sport report that the Bianconeri are stepping up their efforts to sign the playmaker who has been touted as the ‘new Pjanic’ and cite Roberto Mancini as a big admirer of the player, given he tried to bring the Russian internation to Zenit St Petersburg.

Golovin, who started out as a playmaker, has been deployed in a number of positions and his versatility could be one of the factors for Juve’s close interest in him.

Former Juventus assistant coach Massimo Carrera had this to say on the promising midfielder:

“He’s the prototype of the modern midfielder: He’s a technical mezzala, but sometimes he’s also used in a more advanced position, he’s a potential top player. Comparisons are always complicated … But come to think of it, to me he seems to have something of Pavel Nedved.”

Bringing him to Juventus may pose something of a challenge given the stiff competition and the €25m evaluation, however with his price tag almost certain to rise after the World Cup, the report suggests that the Bianconeri would consider the possibility of selling both Claudio Marchisio and Stefano Sturaro to facilitate the move.