In Monday’s Manchester United transfer round-up, The vice-president of Mexican side Pachuca, Andres Fassi, has confirmed that there has been an approach from the Red Devils over signing talented midfielder Hirving Lozano. Speaking to Record MX, Fassi confirmed United are one of several clubs chasing the 20-year-old.
Jose Mourinho is undoubtedly keen to add more faces to his United squad, but any interest Lozano pre-dates his arrival as Louis van Gaal’s successor. The Mexican youngster is highly-rated in South America and it was unlikely to be long until his name started to get around Europe.
The 20-year-old boasts over 100 career games under his belt already and won a first cap for Mexico back in February. Last term, he scored four goals for Pachuca, while completing 85% of his passes and creating 24 chances for his teammates.
The Mexico international would represent a risk for the Red Devils, there is no doubt. With no real pedigree outside of his home country, it is hard to know whether he would he be a success at the club.
Nonetheless, if the club’s signing of the relatively unknown-at-the-time Javier Hernandez – who signed in similar circumstances – is anything to go by, Lozano would be a gamble worth taking.
In other news, Michael Carrick has agreed to a contract extension with Manchester United. Well, that is according to Perth Glory CEO Peter Filopoulos, who has reportedly tried to sign the midfielder.
Carrick’s current contract runs out in the summer and had been linked with a move to the Australian club due to his close relationship with captain Richard Garcia, who was best man at the player’s wedding.
The 34-year-old made 22 starts for United last season and is often see as the man who gets the Red Devils ticking in the centre of the park. During Louis van Gaal’s debut season at Old Trafford, the team lost just once with the Englishman in the side.
“It was a long shot opportunity due to Richard Garcia’s relationship with Michael,” Filopoulos told Four Four Two.
“Perth was an option for Michael Carrick as he was going through what he was going to do in his career had he not landed a new signature with Manchester United. ”
“We understand he’s now secured an extension with Manchester United so that’s off the table.”
Carrick will be a great player for Mourinho to keep around in his debut season at Old Trafford. He has proven he still has a whole lot to offer the the club and his experience alone will be a vital for the Portuguese head coach in his maiden season.
Finally, as *slightly* less likely scenario. According to the Daily Mail, United have made two approaches in the last three weeks in an attempt to gauge whether a move for Barcelona’s Lionel Messi might be possible.
Messi’s current deal at the Nou Camp is set to expire in 2018 and it has emerged that he will require certain assurances if he is to remain at the Nou Camp, where he has scored an astonishing 453 goals in 531 games.
Last season alone, the 28-year-old scored 26 times in 33 Spanish top flight appearances, while averaging 4.8 shots, 2.3 key passes and 3.5 dribbles per game – bettering all United players in these key attacking areas.
If this a move that is going to happen? No. Lionel Messi is unlikely to ever be a Manchester United player. Chances are, he will retire at Barcelona, having broken many, many more records.
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