Since April 27, Mexico National Team started their preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, as they held the firstfriendly game of the year against Guatemala, and even if it ended with a scoreless draw, it gave several young players the chance of being part of the first team.
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Gerardo “Tata” Martino knows that, even if he already regularly calls up a few U-23 players, he needs to start calling more youngsters to the games of the Aztec squad, as the generational change can’t wait until the 2026 World Cup cycle.
Names like Israel Reyes, from Club Puebla, Carlos Acevedo, from Santos Laguna, or even Santiago Giménez, from Cruz Azul, have become the first players that Martino is considering calling up for the final roster that will play in Qatar 2022
But he knows that the list needs to keep growing, which is why he intends to have a roster full of U-23 players on some of the friendly games that El Tri will play over the summer, as well as the two CONCACAF Nations League matches.
His next addition is already playing in Europe
Although Gerardo Martino has characterized for calling only players from the most followed European leagues, there are good prospects playing in other leagues, like Belgium, Turkey or the second division of Spain and Germany.
According to reports from the Turkish media outlet Fotomaç, Bryan Mauricio Lozano is close to sign with Turkish side Galatasaray SK after spending the last month in tryouts with them. The reports inform that they’re only negotiating the salary that he’ll earn.
His arrival in Europe will give Gerardo Martino a new option for El Tri’s offense, as the younger brother of Hirving “Chucky” Lozano can play as a winger in both sides of the pitch, and now that he’ll join one of the biggest clubs in Turkey, he’ll have a bigger showcase to display his talent, hoping to end up sneaking in the final roster to Qatar 2022.
How much will Galatasaray have to pay for him?
The younger of the Lozano brothers decided to leave Mexico and tryout with Galatasaray after Pumas Tabasco decided to not renew his contract, which expired in December of 2021, meaning that his arrival at the Cimbom will be as a free agent.