Manchester United to sign Mexican winger after Olympics?

Hirving Lozano

Manchester United seem to be readying a move for another new signing this summer. Hirving Lozano has been linked to the Old Trafford club for many months now, with talk of an impending move heating up in the recent weeks. Pachuca vice-president Andre Fassi has confirmed to ESPN that Manchester United are in negotiations with the club, but that has not yet been finalised. Mexico is due to participate in the Olympics which will be held in Rio de Janeiro this summer, which could delay things from happening anytime soon. There are also reports coming from the players father-in-law which suggest the player will move to Manchester after the Olympics. Fassi, Pachuca’s vice-president, speaking to ESPN, said:

“Already there is negotiations with that team [United]? Yes. There is still nothing closed though.”

Lozano’s father-in-law, speaking to Futbol Entre Lineas, which may not be all that credible, said:

“Yes. It’s all done, just missing some details and after the Olympics, the deal will become official.”

Back in April, the Manchester Evening News reported that Manchester United had been scouting the Mexican, along with team-mates Erick Gutierrez and Rodolfo Pizarro. Pachuca president Jesus Martinez spoke about the particular attention paid to Lozano, saying:

“[The chief scout] has been coming here to do special reports on our players, but especially Chucky.

“We would love it if he had to go that it would be to a team like Manchester United or Porto.”

It seems clear from Pachuca’s vice president Andre Fassi and even the president Jesus Martinez that Manchester United scout Jim Lawlor has taken a keen interest in Lozano – even to the point that Fassi has confirmed that there have been negotiations between the two clubs. It may also be possible that the players father-in-law is correct and that Pachuca are playing down the reports by minimizing what they say to the media. It may also be the case that Lozano’s ‘relative’ may be speaking about something he knows little of. At this moment in time, the one thing that seems correct is that United hold some interest in the player.

Last season in the Mexican Liga MX, Lozano made 23 appearances, scoring eight goals, including a hat-trick against Veracruz back in March. The Mexican assisted four more goals for his club, also one for his country. Playing for Pachuca, Lozano had 69 shots on goal, 24 of which were on target. The Mexican is a winger who plays on the left, a place currently occupied by both Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay at this current time. Lozano was written about in a scouting report by Outside of the Boot, of which the following was mentioned about his playing style:

“Playing on the left side of a 4-2-3-1 the vast majority of the time, right-footed Lozano has all the attributes of a classic inverted winger. Pace and dribbling are his main strengths, with Hirving able to take the ball past any defender in Mexico. Possessing great power in his right foot, he’s often dangerous when shooting after cutting in from the left-hand side.”

Lozano made four appearances in the Copa America last month with Mexico losing 7-0 to eventual winners Chile. Lozano could be the second Mexican player to represent his country at United, should this move for him materialise. He is a player for the future, and very much one for the now, especially if Memphis Depay is either sold by Jose Mourinho or fails to set the Premier League alight, which was the case last season. It shows that Manchester United are constantly looking for new attacking talent, players who seem to play the Manchester United way – swashbuckling attacking play. We shall see how this one develops in the coming weeks.

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