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Report: Mexico’s Lozano kicked out of Napoli training

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Mexico star Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano was reportedly kicked out of Napoli training due to a lack of effort and he is now free to leave the Serie A club.

Lozano, 24, has not been a regular for Napoli under manager Gennaro Gatusso this season and there have been multiple reports linking him with a move away from the Serie A giants.

According to a Corriere dello Sport report on Lozano, ‘Chucky’ will be allowed to leave Napoli as he isn’t in Gatusso’s plans. The report says he was ‘apathetic’ during training on Monday and was told to leave, as Napoli play in the Coppa Italia final against Juventus in Rome on June 17.

Lozano joined Napoli in a club-record $42 million transfer from PSV Eindhoven in the summer of 2019 and has had a largely disappointing first season in Naples.

Since Gatusso arrived in December he’s been limited to appearances off the bench and he’s scored twice and added three assists in 28 appearances in all competitions.

Where could he end up?

Lozano was linked with Man City and Liverpool in the past but it has been reported that both Everton and Man United are interested in signing the Mexican winger this summer. Everton would make sense as the man who brought him to Napoli, Carlo Ancelotti, is now the Toffees manager.

The El Tri star clearly doesn’t want to be at Napoli and Napoli don’t want him, so a move makes sense. That said, it doesn’t seem likely that Napoli will recoup the majority of the $42 million they spent on Lozano last summer. Perhaps a loan move makes sense for everyone?

Transfer rumor roundup: Lozano to West Ham; Havertz to Liverpool

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The latest transfer news continues across the Premier League and here’s a look at some of the juiciest rumors.

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First up, Mexico’s star winger Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano has been linked with a move to West Ham United in the Premier League. Chucky started the season well at Napoli in Serie A but his form has faded and according to Italian outlet Cronache di Napoli, West Ham are interested in signing the 24-year-old winger this summer as part of a swap deal for Felipe Anderson.

The Brazilian winger has failed to deliver on a consistent basis since joining West Ham from Lazio in the summer of 2018 and Lozano’s pace and direct running would probably suit the Premier League and West Ham’s style more (especially under David Moyes) than Anderson’s clever flicks and dainty touches.

Lozano could perhaps do with a change of scenery as things haven’t gone too well for him at Napoli so far, as the Mexican star has scored just twice in Serie A and added one assist in eight starts. Imagine Moyesy having Lozano and Michail Antonio flying down the wings to feed Sebastian Haller in a 4-5-1 formation. Classic #MoyesBall.

Liverpool have been linked with yet another rising star in the Bundesliga, no, it’s not Timo Werner or Marcus Thuram. This time it’s Bayer Leverkusen’s Kei Havertz, as he provided a latest update on where his mind is at ahead of a possible summer transfer.

The German midfielder, 20, has told Bild that he fancies a move to the Premier League or another foreign league, even though previous reports stated his preferred destination is Bayern Munich.

“I often wonder what others seem to know about me,” Havertz said. “I am ready to take a big step and I like challenges. For me, this also includes abroad.”

Havertz is having a wonderful season at Leverkusen and is a clever playmaker who is quick and loves to cut in from out wide to cause havoc. That sounds like it would suit Liverpool’s style perfectly, right?

Barcelona and Real Madrid are also said to be interested in Havertz who has a contract at Leverkusen until the summer of 2022.

Mexicans Abroad: Rodolfo Pizarro’s goalscoring start headlines handful of debuts

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A handful of Mexicans abroad debuted with their respective clubs over the weekend, but none were at par with Rodolfo Pizarro’s.

The 26-year-old attacking midfielder scored on his fourth touch as an Inter Miami player, two minutes after coming off the bench. Pizarro’s right-footed strike proved to be historic, as it became the first official goal in club history.

Also on Saturday, in different regions of the United States, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Alan Pulido, respectively, made their debuts. Chicharito played 78 minutes in Los Angeles Galaxy’s 2-1 preseason loss to Toronto FC, while Pulido logged 61 minutes in Sporting Kansas City’s scoreless bout.

Qatar’s new marquee star, Marco Fabian, debuted in Al-Sadd’s hard-earned cup win.

Here is a list of several other Mexico national team affiliates making a name for themselves (or not) outside of Mexico this weekend.


Premier League

Raul Jimenez, Wolverhampton Wanderers —  Jimenez started and played all 90 minutes in Wolves’ 0-0 draw against Leicester City. The forward registered four shots off target and one blocked.

La Liga

Hector Herrera, Atletico Madrid —  Herrera was not called up by Diego Simeone for Atletico Madrid’s draw against Valencia on Friday.

Andres Guardado, Real Betis —  Guardado dressed but didn’t take the field on Sunday.

Diego Lainez, Real Betis — The 19-year-old was is out after undergoing appendicitis surgery.

Nestor Araujo, Celta Vigo — Araujo played a vital part in La Liga’s most surprising outcome of the matchweek – Celta’s 2-2 draw with Real Madrid. The defender recorded eight clearances, one interceptions and two tackles throughout the 90 minutes.

Serie A

Hirving “Chucky” Lozano, Napoli —  Lozano, Napoli’s most expensive player in team history, was not called up by Gennaro Gattuso on Sunday. The 24-year-old and the Italian manager seem to be on different pages, and the situation doesn’t appear to be getting better with time. It might be time to panic for Lozano’s development in Italy.

Primeira Liga

Jesus “Tecatito” Corona, FC Porto — Tecatito started and played 84 minutes in Porto’s 2-1 victory over Vitoria, which was marred by racist abuse towards Moussa Marega by Vitoria supporters.

Eredivisie

Erick Gutierrez, PSV Eindhoven —  Gutierrez played the final five minutes of PSV’s 3-0 thumping of AOD Den Haag.

Edson Alvarez, Ajax — After several weeks of little activity, Alvarez seems to be making his way back into Ajax’s starting lineup. On Sunday, the Mexican defender played his second set of 90 minutes in four days.

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Omar Govea, Zulte Waregem — Govea played 76 minutes in Zulte’s 2-1 loss on Sunday.

Major League Soccer

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, LA Galaxy – In front of a semi-full Dignity Sports Park, Chicharito made his Los Angeles Galaxy debut. The storied forward, however, failed to score despite seeing a decent amount of chances. Galaxy open the MLS season against Houston Dynamo on February 29.

Rodolfo Pizarro, Inter Miami – It took two minutes for an Rodolfo Pizarro to score on his unofficial Inter Miami debut. Ironically, the brand-new MLS franchise has yet to announce the signing of the 26-year-old from Monterrey.

Alan Pulido, Sporting Kansas City – Pulido played 61 minutes in SKC’s scoreless, preseason draw against Real Salt Lake.

Elsewhere around the globe:

Ulises Davila, Wellington Phoenix – Davila played all 90 minutes in Phoenix’s 1-0 victory over Melbourne City. The attacker also managed to pick up a yellow card throughout the match.

Marco Fabian, Al-Sadd – Fabian debuted for Xavi’s Al-Sadd on Saturday, playing all 120 minutes in his team’s win via penalties.

Hector Moreno, Al-Gharafa – Moreno and Al-Gharafa were inactive this weekend.

Mexicans Abroad: Tecatito draws eyes in flashy performance against Benfica

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He didn’t score, nor did he assist, but Jesus “Tecatito” Corona skills captivated the eyes of many over the weekend.

The skillful 27-year-old Porto winger pulled off his best imitation of Neymar on Saturday, toying Benfica’s Rafa Silva with his fancy footwork. Tecatito wound up playing all 90 minutes, but failed to register a goal or assists against the rivals.

Here is a list of several other Mexico national team affiliates making a name for themselves (or not) outside of Mexico this weekend.


Premier League

Raul Jimenez, Wolverhampton Wanderers —  Jimenez and Wolves were inactive this weekend but return to action on Friday as they host Leicester City.

La Liga

Hector Herrera, Atletico Madrid — Herrera was not called up by Atletico, who won 1-0 over Granada on Saturday.

Andres Guardado, Real Betis —  Guardado, who is injured, did not feature for Real Betis on Sunday against Barcelona. 

Diego Lainez, Real Betis — The 19-year-old was not called up by Betis on Sunday.

Nestor Araujo, Celta Vigo — Araujo started and played 90 minutes in Celta’s 2-1 win over Sevilla on Sunday. The defender recorded two clearances, one blocked shot and one tackle.

Serie A

Hirving “Chucky” Lozano, Napoli —  After a three-game absence, Lozano featured for Gennaro Gattuso’s side, recording 14 minutes of playing time in Napoli’s 3-2 loss to Lecce on Sunday. Chucky registered one shot on target.

Primeira Liga

Jesus “Tecatito” Corona, FC Porto — Tecatito started and played all 90 minutes in Porto’s 3-2 victory over Benfica on Saturday. During the match, he did this:

Eredivisie

Erick Gutierrez, PSV Eindhoven —  Gutierrez was left on the bench in PSV’s 3-0 win over Willem II Tilburg on Saturday.

Edson Alvarez, Ajax — Ajax’s match against FC Utrecht this weekend was postponed.

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Omar Govea, Zulte Waregem — Govea and Zulte loss 4-0 to Charleroi on Saturday.

Elsewhere around the globe:

Ulises Davila, Wellington Phoenix – On Friday, Davila started and played all 90 minutes in Wellington’s 4-2 loss to Perth Glory.

Mexicans Abroad: Tecatito shines for Porto; Chicharito close to Galaxy move

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This weekend, there was just as much action off the field as there was on the field for Mexicans abroad.

Jesus “Tecatito” Corona scored one of the best goals of the weekend, while Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez is nearing a move to MLS. 

Chicharito, who is currently at Sevilla, is reportedly meeting with LA Galaxy officials on Monday to negotiate a new contract. The Spanish club have approved a near $10-million bid, a franchise-record for the MLS side. 

Here is a list of several other Mexico national team affiliates making a name for themselves (or not) outside of Mexico this weekend.


Premier League

Raul Jimenez, Wolverhampton Wanderers —  Jimenez had a rare off-game against Newcastle United on Saturday. The forward played all 90 minutes but only registered a shot on target.

La Liga

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Sevilla — Chicharito played the final 12 minutes in Sevilla’s friendly 5-0 win over Escobedo on Sunday. It might have been his final game in Europe, as the 31-year-old striker is set to finalize a move to LA Galaxy soon.

Hector Herrera, Atletico Madrid — Herrera started and played 53 minutes in Los Colchoneros’ Spanish Super Cup final loss to city rivals Real Madrid.

Andres Guardado, Real Betis —  Guardado took the field in the 77th minute for compatriot Diego Lainez in Real Betis’ 3-0 win win over Cub Portugalete on Saturday.

Diego Lainez, Real Betis — The 19-year-old started and played 77 minutes in Betis’ win, recording two key passes and one shot on target.

Nestor Araujo, Celta Vigo — Araujo started and played 82 minutes in Celta’s 4-1 win over Merida in Copa del Rey play. The defender recorded one blocked shot and three interceptions.

Serie A

Hirving “Chucky” Lozano, Napoli —  Lozano is visible not positioned highly in Gennaro Gattuso pecking order. The 24-year-old struggles to get playing time under the Italian. On Saturday, he played a minute in Napoli’s loss to Lazio.

Primeira Liga

Tecatito” Corona, FC Porto — Many may not be speaking about it, but Tecatito is having himself a solid season in Porto. The frenetic, crafty winger scored this beauty over the weekend:

Eredivisie

Erick Gutierrez, PSV Eindhoven —  Gutierrez played the final 45 minutes in PSV’s friendly on Saturday.

Edson Alvarez, Ajax — Alvarez played the final 23 minutes in Ajax’s friendly on Saturday.

Jupiler Pro League

Omar Govea, Zulte Waregem — Govea played the final 45 minutes in Zulte’s friendly on Friday.

Elsewhere around the globe:

Pedro Arce, Panionios –  Panionios were inactive over the weekend.

Gerardo Ramirez Alonso, Roda JC – Ramirez Alonso didn’t feature for Roda JC on Sunday.