Manchester United have been keeping tabs on the Napoli winger with hopes of striking a deal in the upcoming January transfer window.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will find himself sweating if any Manchester United star gets injured over the next few weeks. The frantic winter period is upon us. And this is the time of the season when teams will be playing two games per week. More often than not, this is when the contenders separate themselves from the pretenders.
Regular squad rotation will play a major role in keeping the players fresh and avoid the risk of injuries. Manchester United, of course, have adequate men in their ranks to see themselves through this hectic period.
But not every position in the team would share such luxury, with right-wing being one deprived of genuine quality. In other words, the Red Devils don’t have any out-and-out right-winger. Different attacking options are summoned to fill the void there.
Solskjaer and his recruitment team wanted Jadon Sancho in the last summer transfer window. But they ended up looking for alternatives when it became clear that Borussia Dortmund would not let him leave below their €120 million asking price.
Having failed to even sign an alternative in the fading minutes, the club is set to go for another run in January. According to a report coming out of Spanish outlet TodoFichajes, the Red Devils have shown interest in Napoli’s Mexican winger, Hirving Lozano.
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As the reports go on to state, Napoli will let him leave only if any interested party makes a satisfactory offer in the upcoming January transfer window.
The Mexico international has proved to be an essential part in Gennaro Gattuso’s footballing philosophy of late, garnering 7 goals and 2 assists from 16 appearances so far. When it comes to involvement, he has 956 minutes of football under his belt this season. Considering all aspects, it is unlikely that Napoli will let him leave without a fight.
However, the same report suggests that he came close to leaving the club last summer and holds a keen desire to join a Premier League side in the future.
In the Premier League, he would encounter a completely new challenge. Questions over his physicality and tenacity will surely be raised. Hence, a summer move always appears to be preferable over a January switch for players attempting to move to English soil for the first time.