‘Tis the season.
The January transfer window opens, no surprise, with the start of the New Year, and 2018 could be bringing some big switches as clubs aim to survive the drop or cement their Top Four stock.
Mexico star Hirving “Chucky” Lozano’s red hot start to life in Europe has him in line for a move to Arsenal, according to Metro. The 22-year-old striker just left Liga MX for the Eredivisie last summer, but boasts 10 goals and six assists in 12 league matches. Lozano scored 18 times for Pachuca between Liga MX and the CONCACAF Champions League last season.
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That’s impressive even for the free-scoring world of the Netherlands top flight, and Arsene Wenger could see fit to make him “the most expensive Mexican player of all-time.” Lozano cost PSV Eindhoven less than $10 million in July, and Arsenal is said to be willing to spend as much as $56 million on him.
Arsenal had also been linked with David Luiz, but surely Antonio Conte would rather move the reportedly out-of-favor defender to a club outside of London. Enter Newcastle, as the London Evening Standard says a Luiz loan to St. James’ Park could be on the cards.
Benitez could go to a back three, but it’s more likely he’d play Luiz as more of a holding midfielder in front of a combination of Jamaal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark, and Florian Lejeune.
A number of well-known American players have completed moves to Europe over the years, and a former Sporting KC defender is about to embark on his own journey abroad.
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U.S. youth national team centerback Erik Palmer-Brown is headed to Premier League side Manchester City, who currently leads the English top flight, after signing a pre-contract with the club back in September.
It is now believed though that the young player will go on loan once he arrives with the English side.
Metro is reporting is that Palmer-Brown is likely to complete a move to Dutch Eredivisie club PSV Eindhoven on loan.
Palmer-Brown helped the U.S. Under-20 national team reach the quarterfinals at this year’s U-20 World Cup in South Korea, after previously representing several other U.S. youth national teams.
For only the second time this season, Dutch Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven have lost a league match.
Ajax stormed back for a 3-0 victory over PSV on Sunday in Der Topper, the long-standing rivalry between the two Dutch powerhouses.
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The victory moves Ajax up to third place on 32 points this season, while PSV remains atop the league table on 39 points.
David Neres, Lasse Schöne and Donny van de Beek each scored in a span of 11 minutes after the halftime break to five the hosts a comfortable result.
Neres broke the deadlock in the 61st minute when he stunned PSV with a long-distance volley that couldn’t be dealt with by goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet.
Schone then found the back of the net three minutes later, while Van de Beek capped off the outing with the dagger in the 72 minute.
Sunday’s win also gives Ajax a slim advantage over their rival in the all-time Eredivisie series, 54-24-53.
Erik Palmer-Brown is leaving Sporting KC for Manchester City, and a report says the Premier League club may know the plan for its new center back.
Long sought by European clubs including Juventus and reportedly Ajax, the Ohio-born 20-year-old danced off to Porto for a stint with the Portuguese powers’ B-side last year.
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Now noted Twitter feed @MLSTransfers says Palmer-Brown’s stint with Man City could follow something close to the Matt Miazga playbook.
Although whereas Miazga’s transfer from the Red Bulls to Chelsea saw him see a short stint with the Blues which included first team action before going to Vitesse on loan, EPB would spend a couple weeks with Man City before going on loan with PSV Eindhoven.
Mexican winger Hirving Lozano is with PSV, as is Chelsea loanee Marco Van Ginkel (who is also the club captain. European soccer can be weird).
Brighton and Hove Albion have added another high quality center midfielder.
After adding Pascal Gross from Ingolstadt this offseason, Gulls boss Chris Hughton has landed Dutch mid Davy Propper from PSV Eindhoven.
The approximately $8 million deal would break a Brighton transfer record.
Propper, 25, is five-times capped by the Netherlands and the 6-foot midfielder has 22 goals in 87 appearances since leaving Vitesse Arnhem for PSV.
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He says he’s big on the example of Zinedine Zidane (Us, too):
“We won the league two years ago and played very well in the Champions League. Last year we tried again, but there was a big gap and we couldn’t win the title again. Zidane was my big idol when I was younger. I like to get into the box and score goals. I think that’s one of my strengths and I hope I can continue to do that for Brighton.”
Propper and Gross have a chance to play a huge role in Brighton’s fight for Premier League survival, and Hughton will only look to his Premier League past for the importance of steady midfield in both staying up and moving up.