In the last few weeks with SSC Napoli, Hirving “Chucky” Lozano has received several bad news that are pointing to his definitive departure from the Azzurri once the current season is over, as there doesn’t seem to be enough possibilities for his stay.
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Although Lozano has said in the past that he feels comfortable in Napoli and that he wishes to stay in Italy, as both him and his family already have settled, his lack of regularity could take a part on his departure from Napoli after three seasons.
Since Luciano Spalletti started coaching the Azzurri, Lozano hasn’t been able to establish on the starting XI, as he’s started only 17 games throughout the season, something that worries him given that he was called to be Lorenzo Insigne’s successor.
Insigne will leave at the end of the season to join MLS side Toronto FC, but that hasn’t made Spalletti giving more playing time to “Chucky” Lozano; instead, he already agreed with Aurelio Di Laureantiis to made him transferable over the summer.
He has one foot out of Napoli
After the collapse that Napoli suffered last weekend against Empoli, where they lost the game after being up 2-0 on the scoreboard, Di Laurentiis apologized to Napoli fans for the bad result and promised changes for next season to make the roster more competitive.
One of those changes will be to strengthen the position where “Chucky” Lozano plays, as several reports suggest that they already agreed on terms to sign Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, a 21-year-old Georgian right-winger that played in Rubin Kazan before the Russian invasion to Ukraine.
Kvaratskhelia will join Napoli over the summer, and Spalletti believes he’ll take the starting role for the 2022-23 season, closing the doors for “Chucky” Lozano, who will have to compete for the starting role even if he doesn’t have the trust of his coach. The other option he has is to leave Napoli.
Where can Lozano play next season?
According to reports, “Chucky” has been linked to several teams in La Liga and in Premier League, although the strongest bidder for now is Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he could reunite with fellow Mexico international Raúl Jiménez.