Newcastle must regret waiting for Golovin, superb World Cup may rule them out now

Russia's midfielder Aleksandr Golovin controls the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Spain and Russia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 1,...

Newcastle United were linked with Aleksandr Golovin before the World Cup.

Russia's midfielder Aleksandr Golovin controls the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Spain and Russia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 1,...

Newcastle United have tied up two signings this summer in Martin Dubravka and Ki Sung-yueng, but manager Rafael Benitez may be looking at the World Cup for potential transfer targets.

The Magpies clinched a top-half finish under Benitez last season and will be looking for key reinforcements to kick on again, with some World Cup talents surely appealing even on Newcastle's limited budget.

Unfortunately, Newcastle already appear to have missed the boat on one top World Cup performer, with Russia's Aleksandr Golovin potentially out of reach this summer.

Aleksandr Golovin of Russia scores his team's fifth goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow,...

Before the tournament began, agent Alexander Manyakov told Sport.ru that Southampton and Newcastle were battling it out for Golovin's signature, with a fee of around €20million (£17.7million) quoted.

Golovin had already shown his quality with CSKA having hit seven goals and six assists last season, including a superb free kick against Arsenal in the Europa League, but his stock has grown at the World Cup.

The 22-year-old attacking midfielder has been the shining light in a hosting Russian side who have somehow reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup, having dumped Spain out of the competition on Sunday.

Aleksandr Golovin of Russia and Salem Aldawsari of Saudi Arabia battle for possession during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki...

Golovin has notched a goal and two assists for Russia whilst providing the creative spark in midfield, dazzling with his superb technical ability and the danger he can create from set pieces.

Newcastle would no doubt love to have Golovin as their No. 10, but with the Daily Mail reporting that Chelsea are pursuing a £27million move for Golovin, Newcastle appear to be out of the running.

The Magpies will surely now regret not pushing through a move for Golovin before the tournament began, and Benitez and co may have to watch on next season as he features for a Premier League rival.

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