With the recent news going around in Italian outlets about the possible departure of Hirving “Chucky” Lozano from SSC Napoli at the end of the season, the Mexican right-winger has to start looking for a new team if he wants to keep growing in Europe.
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Lozano arrived at Napoli in 2019 out of Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven, where he became an idol after two seasons playing there, where he was able to win an Eredivisie title in 2018. Unfortunately for him, he hasn’t had the same luck playing in Italy.
Since his arrival in Serie A, Lozano hasn’t been able to establish as one of the regular players in the Azzurri squad, especially since they have had three coaches in less than three seasons, and that Carlo Ancelotti, who requested his addition, was sacked just a few months after he arrived.
Genaro Gattuso, who replaces Ancelotti, was never keen on having the 26-year-old on his lineup, although at the end of his stint Lozano was a usual after improving his game. Now, with Luciano Spalletti, “Chucky” has had an irregular season, which is why Napoli has opened the door for him to leave over the summer.
FC Barcelona shut down one big opportunity for him
After the elimination of FC Barcelona on the quarterfinals of the UEFA Europa League, it became evident to Xavi Hernández that the team needs to improve the current squad they have, as they weren’t able to win a single title this season.
That’s why he dismissed the idea of keeping Dutch striker Luuk de Jong for next season, as he’s currently playing on a loan with theBlaugranas, although they had the option to buy him once the season finished, given that Hernández is trying to build a younger squad.
Sevilla FC, owners of De Jong’s economic rights, were expecting for Barcelona to buy him and use that money to acquire “Chucky” Lozano, but now that it won’t happen, the Mexico international will have to look for a different team.
Where can he end up playing?
One of the biggest problems that Lozano is facing is the high price that Napoli is asking for him, over $40 million, a sum that only elite clubs can pay. For now, reports suggest that teams from Premier League and La Liga have asked for him, although nothing has transpired yet.