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Report: Hirving Lozano in advanced discussions with Napoli

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According to a report by notable Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio, Mexican attacker Hirving Lozano is in advanced discussions with Napoli, and the two sides have agreed to terms on a contract, with just his image rights to work out.

The report states that Lozano is on board with the move and the Italian club is ready to offer $56 million to his current Dutch side PSV Eindhoven as soon as the image rights issue is negotiated.

Di Marzio says that the current hang-up is regarding Lozano’s current sponsorship agreements, which total around $3.3 million.  The two sides are negotiating whether to increase his agreed-upon salary of $5 million per year and transfer his image rights to the club, or leave everything as-is and sell only any future sponsorship agreements to the Italian side.

The reported transfer fee is surprising given “Chucky” reportedly has a $40 million release clause in his contract, but it could be that he is a wanted man and the total is higher with the aim of remaining competitive. Tottenham is also reportedly interested along with Barcelona and Manchester United, and Lozano has gone public saying he hopes to play in the Premier League eventually, but Napoli’s offered total could potentially scare off the others.

Lozano is represented by famed agent Mino Raiola who has reportedly been in contact with Napoli since early May, but he is currently suspended by FIFA, so it’s likely that others are currently negotiating. It apparently took a bit of work to convince Lozano to join the Italian side as there is heavy competition for playing time up front at Napoli, with Lorenzo Insigne, Jose Callejon, and Dries Mertens all racking up consistent minutes on the wing. Still, Callejon is 32 years old and coming off a season with just three goals in 2,652 Serie A minutes, both lows for his Napoli career.

The 23-year-old Mexican is currently on the shelf, missing the 2019 Gold Cup due to a knee injury suffered in an Eredivisie game late in the season. The injury could affect his sale price and delay a medical, but it’s not expected to affect his start of next season, as it was initially thought he would recover in time to participate in the summer’s international festivities.

USMNT hero Beasley to retire after MLS season

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One of the best American exports of all-time is retiring after this season.

DaMarcus Beasley, who played in the top flight in six countries, will finish his playing career after this season with the Houston Dynamo.

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Beasley was capped 126 times in 17 years for the USMNT, and won four Gold Cups in addition to playing in four World Cups.

Beyond MLS level, where Beasley was an MLS All-Star before and after his European adventure, he played for PSV Eindhoven, Rangers, Manchester City, and Hannover 96. He also spent three seasons with Puebla in Liga MX.

The soon-to-be 37-year-old Beasley has been looking but not playing like everyone on the field’s uncle for some time, so there was definitely an air of immortality about the left back even if we knew this day was not too far off in the distance.

There are not too many players in USMNT history who’d rate above Beasley in terms of legacy and achievement — maybe Claudio Reyna, Clint Dempsey, Brian McBride, Landon Donovan, Tim Howard, and Carlos Bocanegra as deep but incomplete list? We wish him well, and a happy ending with Houston playing so well.

Knee injury ends Lozano’s club season; Gold Cup in doubt

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Hirving Lozano will miss the final two matches of PSV Eindhoven’s domestic campaign thanks to a knee injury, leaving his status for the Gold Cup in serious doubt.

The electric Mexican playmaker, who carried the national team through the 2018 World Cup, left the field on a stretcher in the 83rd minute of PSV’s 3-0 win over Willem on Thursday in visible pain. While there were initial fears that Lozano had suffered damage to his ACL, the club confirmed that was not the case.

“I am relieved that there is no damage to my cruciate ligament,” Lozano said in a statement released by the club on Monday, “but it is of course very disappointing that I will no longer be on the pitch in the decisive phase of the competition. My rehabilitation has started. I am going to do everything to be in top condition as soon as possible.”

Lozano’s injury is a massive loss for PSV as the club is level on points with Ajax at the top of the Eredivisie table, in second only on goal differential thanks to Ajax’s otherworldly goalscoring this season, having netted a stunning 111 times in league play to PSV’s 95. The 23-year-old Mexican has scored 17 goals and assisted 11 others this season in league play.

“Chucky” has emerged as a key figure in the Mexican national team as well, and anything keeping him off the field would represent a significant blow to their Gold Cup prospects. Of Mexico’s three goals scored in the World Cup last summer, Lozano scored one – the winner against Germany – and assisted another. He has been in and out of the rotation since, but like the United States’ Christian Pulisic, he has only been absent to get rest between competitive events and allow the national team to experiment with other fringe options. He scored Mexico’s third and final goal in a 3-1 win over Chile in his last appearance for the national team in late March.

While there is no word on the severity of Lozano’s knee injury, it is possible that – like Manchester United announced for Eric Bailly earlier in the day – he may have suffered MCL damage, which typically requires around six weeks recovery. That would leave Lozano fit to return around mid-June. The Gold Cup begins on June 15, with Mexico opening against Cuba in group stage play.

It is also possible that Lozano has played his last game for PSV, with rumors abound that he will be heavily sought after in this summer’s transfer market.

Amid Man United links, Mexico’s Lozano ready for big move

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Mexico’s Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano is destined for big things.

His manager for the Mexican national team, Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino has been talking about the PSV Eindhoven winger ahead of their friendly against Paraguay on Tuesday and has added further fuel to the fire that Chucky is heading to one of European soccer’s big boys.

Amid plenty of reports that the speedy winger could be heading to Manchester United, Martino believes Lozano, 23, is ready.

“Taking an intermediate step in Dutch football or Portuguese football, that has been traditional for Latino players,” Martino said. “I think Hirving has had an influential time in Holland and shown he can be a player who is incredibly valuable and can make the jump to the biggest clubs in Europe. It’s clear. I think from the analysis side of the player, he’s absolutely ready.”

Lozano’s breakout at the 2018 World Cup for Mexico saw him finally arrive on the world stage, but anybody who has been following his career since a teenager will know he has been destined for the top.

The former Pachuca star has now become the star man for Dutch giants PSV — he scored 17 goals in 29 league games last season, and has 15 in 24 appearances this term — and a move this summer seems almost inevitable.

Lozano was previously linked with a move to reigning Premier League champions Man City but a move to United would probably suit his strengths a lot better. If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sticks around as boss, as expected, then Lozano’s pace and direct style on the counter would definitely suit United’s style of play. He can play on both flanks and just behind a striker, and the fact he is chipping in with plenty of goals for the reigning Dutch champs proves he is maturing as the end product is now there.

Moving to the Premier League or La Liga is the next logical step for Lozano, and PSV will be compensated handsomely for buying the Mexican star in 2017. He is contracted until the summer of 2023 and would likely cost north of $60 million.

Lozano released from hospital following head injury

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Mexican international Hirving “Chucky” Lozano was released from the hospital following a head injury that occurred just before halftime of his club match with PSV against Groningen.

Lozano, who has had a spectacular last year with Mexico, scored both of PSV’s goals inside the opening 20 minutes of an eventual 2-1 victory, but just before halftime he was involved in a clash of heads with Groningen’s Tim Handwerker and required a substitution.

PSV coach Mark Van Bommel did not specify after the match what Lozano’s injury was, but simply stated that he had taken a “hard hit.” Replays showed Handwerker looked to head the ball, but missed and actively thumped the back of Lozano’s head with his own forehead.

The news is good for PSV, who will want the in-form attacker on the field as soon as possible. The official team release said that Lozano is “day-to-day.” The statement said, “His workload will be examined from day to day on the basis of the applicable FIFA protocols.”

The 23-year-old has 13 goals in 19 Eredivisie appearances after Saturday’s brace, and he has another four goals in eight European appearances. He was a menace at the World Cup last summer, scoring the only goal in the win over Germany and assisting one in the South Korea victory.