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Manchester United to target Mexican winger from Napoli in £38.5 million transfer – reports

Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing Napoli and Mexico winger Hirving Lozano in a £38.5 million deal, according to reports. It is not the first time that the 24-year-old has been linked to the Old Trafford club – before he moved from PSV Eindhoven to Napoli, he was a reported target for United.

Last summer, Napoli smashed their transfer record to sign the winger from the Dutch club, paying a reported €42 million for the player, signing hims to a five-year contract. Lozano had not had the best start playing in Serie A as the player was struggling for minutes prior to the coronavirus-enforced suspension of world football.

Italian news source, Corriere dello Sport, has suggested that United are not just interested in the Mexican for his footballing ability, but for his potential marketing value too. After the club signed Javier Hernandez a decade ago, the player became a cult hero at the Old Trafford club leaving the club with many Mexican’s still supporting United.

Chicharito, as he was known, made 157 appearances for United, spending five years at the club before leaving for Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2015. The Mexican scored 59 goals, also assisting a further 20 whilst playing for United, and was a poacher of goals, one of the best players to come off the bench with United needing a goal.

This season at Napoli, Lozano, who United feel could open up the market in Mexico for the club once again, has made a total of 23 appearances, scoring three goals and two assists for the club, which is not a great return, considering the club broke their transfer record to sign him almost a year ago. This could give United a strong hand in negotiations.

Prior to moving to Italy, Lozano enjoyed his two-year spell at PSV Eindhoven, a club that United have dealt with many times in the past. The 24-year-old made a total of 79 appearances for the club, scoring 40 goals and assisting a further 23 – a total of 63 goal contributions in 79 matches, a goal or assist every 0.80 matches, which is not a bad statistic.

The Mexican, nicknamed Chucky, has played for his national side 39 times, scoring 10 goals. In the opening match for the country in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Lozano stunned Germany by scoring the only goal of the game in the 1-0 victory for the Mexican side. Lozano has achieved a lot in his short career so far and will be looking to achieve a lot more.

Whilst playing for Pachuca in his native Mexico, Lozano made 141 appearances, scoring 41 goals and a further 28 assists, winning the Liga MX Clausura and the CONCACAF Champions League at the club. Whilst at PSV, the player helped his side win the Eredivisie and whilst playing for Mexico as a youth, he helped his country to win the CONCACAF U20 Championship and the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship.

Lozano can play in many positions and this season has featured as a right-winger and a centre-forward (11 times in each position), also playing as a left-winger and a second striker. He scored two of his three goals as a centre-forward, the other as a left-winger. He might not be United’s number one priority but could be on the list somewhere.

Hirving Lozano stalls Napoli move as he has Manchester United ‘in his sights’ – but do United want to sign the Mexican?

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be boosted by the speculation that Hirving Lozano, currently of PSV Eindhoven, wants to join the Old Trafford club this summer. The winger was expected to join Napoli this week in a £40 million deal but the move has stalled, according to reports.

The report states that the 23-year-old, who has previously been linked to the Old Trafford club, has a move to the Premier League, more importantly, United, in his sights. The Dutch side was happy to allow the player to leave this summer as Napoli manager, Carlo Ancelotti made the Mexican his number one target.

There are, however, contradicting reports in Italy, this one by Il Roma, which suggests the player has been told by his agent, Mino Raiola that a move to United is not going to be an option. Raiola has apparently spoken to Ancelotti and Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentiis but the player may be wanting other things.

United signed a player from Mexico many years ago, under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson – Javier Hernandez. He became a fan favourite at the club and a household name at that. Lozano might not necessarily be wanted at United though. United has recently announced a move for Swansea City winger Daniel James, who is expected to be confirmed by the club this week with the international transfer window opening.

The Mexican will probably end up in Italy this summer, seemingly delaying his move to Napoli to see if United come calling for him. However, United need a right winger this summer although James might play in that position, although he is a left winger. Lozano is known as a left winger but during the past season, he predominantly played on the right, scoring ten goals and eight assists in that position.

The 23-year-old is contracted at PSV until the summer of 2023, since signing for the club in 2017. He ended the season with a knee injury and should be fit by the end of the month. Last season, he played a total of 40 times, scored 21 goals, assisting a further 12 goals. He averaged a goal every 154 minutes, playing a total of 3,243 minutes of football.

If Solskjaer wants the player and feels that he would make a difference to his squad, I am sure he will make attempts to sign him. However, with Raiola being keen to get him over to Napoli, not giving the player an option to sign for United, unless he has already offered the player to United and they rejected him, his future will probably be spent in Italy.

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