Mexico international Hirving Lozano could become the latest Manchester United transfer in a busy first summer for new manager Jose Mourinho. Indeed, the Pachuca forward is set to join Manchester United after the Olympics, according to his close family.
“Yes. It’s all done, just missing some details and after the Olympics, the deal will become official,” his father-in-law told Futbol Entre Lineas, ahead of the player’s participation for his nation in Brazil this summer.
Lozano has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for several months now and at last negotiations appear to be reaching a conclusion. This move would see the 20-year-old join the Premier League outfit in August, although a fee is yet to be reported.
It is unclear what role the youngster would play in Jose Mourinho’s side, particularly during his first season. It is unlikely that he’ll be thrust instantly into the first-team fray and, as such, he could be offered out on loan in order to gain senior experience in England.
The Mexico international, who scored eight times in 21 appearances for Pachuca last season, will take some time to adapting to life overseas, both on and off the pitch. His ability to adapt to the physical nature of the Football League will be a major factor behind his success, or lack of, at Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, the transfer saga that refuses to go away, Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba’s reported move back to Old Trafford has encountered another update. According to the Daily Mail, the Red Devils are ready to make the Frenchman the world’s first ever £100 million player, in an attempt to prize him away from Turin.
The 23-year-old is understood to prefer a transfer to Real Madrid but the Spanish outfit seem to have cooled their interest in recent weeks, with both Marca and AS publishing stories linking Leicester City’s Premier League winning midfielder, N’Golo Kante, with a move to the Bernabeu – while also suggesting that Jose Mourinho has given United the ‘advantage’ in the Pogba pursuit.
United’s willingness to break the bank for Pogba shows just how highly they rate him. He is yet to hit top gear for France at this summers Euros, and with games running out he may never get the chance to do so. Nonetheless, he was mightily impressive throughout the 2015/16 campaign for Italian side Juventus, recording eight goals and 12 assists in 23 Serie A appearances.
Whether he is worth the reported £100 million fee is certainly up for debate, however. If you compare him to Cristiano Ronaldo, who left Old Trafford for £80 million to join Real Madrid in 2009, one would suggest he isn’t quite up to the tag of ‘world-class’, at least, not just yet. After allowing him to leave for peanuts just four years ago, a deal would also go down as, perhaps, the most remarkable transfer in history.
And finally, Barcelona are targeting either Mattia De Sciglio or United’s Matteo Darmian for the club’s left-back role, according to Mundo Deportivo. Darmian, who was linked with the Catalan giants last year before he joined the Red Devils, largely struggled during his debut campaign at Old Trafford. He made 28 Premier League appearances in total, as he struggled throughout the season with injuries.
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Providing Mourinho is able to bring in a suitable replacement – Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta has been linked in recent weeks – and if Barca were to approach the club with a big enough offer, there wouldn’t be too many United fans lining up to sign petitions demanding that the Italian international is retained.
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