Hirving “Chucky” Lozano was stretchered off the field not long after scoring a first-half brace in PSV Eindhoven’s 2-1 victory over Groningen on Saturday.
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Lozano was on the wrong end of an aerial challenge for the ball from Groningen defender Tim Handwerker near midfield during first-half stoppage time. Handwerker’s head made contact with the side of Lozano’s head before the Mexican star immediately tumbled to the ground.
The 23-year-old, who recently won the 2018 CONCACAF Men’s Player of the Year award, was seen continuously moving his arms and legs as he was assessed by trainers and doctors on the field. He was reportedly sent directly to the hospital for further evaluation.
The victory, sealed by Lozano’s goals in the 15th and 19th minutes, sent PSV five points clear of second-place Ajax. Lozano (13 goals in 19 league appearances) is tied for second in the Golden Boot race, two behind teammate Luuk De Jong.
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Lozano appears positioned to be the next CONCACAF star to make a big-money move to one of Europe’s biggest clubs, following in the footsteps of U.S. men’s national team wonderkid Christian Pulisic’s impending move to Chelsea. Here’s hoping for nothing but good news for Lozano and a speedy return to the field.
FC Barcelona has announced the capture of Ajax wonder boy Frenkie de Jong, with the midfielder set to join the club on July 1.
The transfer fee will be a minimum of $85 million, and could rise to $98m.
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De Jong, 21, is an integral part of Ajax’s center midfield, a defensive force with offensive upside. He’s posted four goals and an assist this season, and registered eight assists last season.
A reported target of Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, and seemingly anyone with eyes, De Jong will join Barcelona on a contract that runs through the 2024-25 season.
He’s also lined up at center back, as well as slightly more advanced midfield positions, and was a critical part of the Netherlands winning its UEFA Nations League group over France and Germany.
He’s pretty good:
Manchester United is hoping to beat a host of teams to $32 million PSV Eindhoven attacker Steven Bergwijn.
The 21-year-old has 10 goals and nine assists this season after breaking out with nine and 11 last season.
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Bergwijn plays across the top of attack as a center forward or wing. He has a goal or an assist in 13 of his last 14 Eredivisie matches.
Inter Milan, West Ham United, and Tottenham Hotspur are among the other clubs linked with Bergwijn.
Bournemouth have reportedly seen a near $16 million bid for Brentford defender Chris Mepham, a Welsh international viewed as a piece to help fill the void caused by Simon Francis‘ long-term injury.
Mepham, 21, was with Chelsea’s academy before moving to Brentford. Standing 6-foot-3, he has 48 appearances with a goal for the Bees.
Rafa Benitez and Newcastle continue to seek reinforcements in the market, with The Daily Mail reporting that the Magpies are nearing a breakthrough at left back in the form of Milad Mohammadi.
The 25-year-old Iranian plays for Russian side Akhmat Grozny, and is currently on international duty with Iran at the Asian Cup. He’s one of the mid-table side’s top performing players this season.
The Magpies have also joined West Ham in tracking Josh Maja, the Sunderland striker who is out-of-contract this summer. Maja, 20, has 15 goals in 24 League One matches this season.
Barcelona thinks it has the next young piece to become a part of its legendary history.
Frenkie de Jong is going to cost someone a lot of money in wages and transfer fee, and the Blaugranas reportedly have the first part on lockdown.
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De Jong is apparently waiting on Barcelona and Ajax to sort out a fee, which is going to be a big one, after agreeing terms with La Liga’s giants.
The 21-year-old can is a center mid and also plays center back. He has three goals and an assist, and completes 92.2 percent of his passes. That’s the third-best total in the Eredivisie.
His 80.1 passes-per-game lead the league, and Sport says Barca may land another Ajax star, 19-year-old center back Matthijs de Ligt, if its price tag hits the right level for De Jong. Sport can land him for $86 million, but Barca prefers a $69m fee.
The biggest clubs in the world have been linked with both players for some time, and Barcelona signing both would be huge. It’s reported that De Jong met with Man City, Barca, Paris Saint-Germain, and Bayern Munich.
City’s Pep Guardiola could’ve viewed De Jong as the solution to his center midfield problems, as Fernandinho is 33 years old. De Ligt and De Jong would give Barca its answers to who will be the long-term replacements for Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique.
- De Jong scores 62 seconds in
- Kane draws Spurs level in 78′
- Then nods home winner, 89′
Harry Kane‘s second half brace finally broke down stingy PSV Eindhoven, as Tottenham Hotspur rebounded from a second minute concession to keep its UEFA Champions League dreams alive with a 2-1 win at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday.
A second minute goal by Luuk De Jong was all PSV Eindhoven could muster, packing it in only to find the strategy unrewarding after 90 minutes.
The win puts Spurs into third place with four points, three points behind second place Inter Milan. Barcelona leads the group with 10 points.
Spurs host Inter Milan on Nov. 28, and finish group play at Barcelona on Dec. 11.
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De Jong got the better of Dele Alli to head home a corner just 61 seconds into the contest, and PSV looked set to shut down Spurs for the remainder of the game.
But Kane took a knock down from Fernando Llorente and bounced it across goal and inside the far post to bring Tottenham level in the 78th.
Paolo Gazzaniga made a stop on a Donyell Malin breakaway in the 83rd minute.
And Kane found a goal in the 89th minute to win it in dramatic fashion, heading a Ben Davies cross off a pair of PSV defenders and into the goal.