With the winter transfer window nearing its end, clubs are in a frantic hurry to complete deals to strengthen their squad. In the latest news from Sports Mole, Arsenal have been linked with PSV Eindhoven superstar Hirving Lozano.
Hirving Lozano shot to prominence for his performances during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He has been on fire for PSV this season, netting 15 times and setting up 9 more in 28 appearances in all competitions. The 23-year-old winger is Arsenal’s main target to replace the out-of-favour Mesut Özil.
Arsenal would’ve preferred to snap up Lozano, who has a contract till June 2023 with PSV, this January only. But, financial restrictions as well as PSV’s £35m price tag have made any winter negotiations impossible.
However, a summer bid of £27m plus add-ons is expected to be accepted by PSV. Currently, the main interest in Lozano is coming from Arsenal and Napoli, with Barcelona also rumoured to be watching.
The strong interest in Lozano comes at a time when Özil’s time at the Emirates looks numbered. Arsenal boss Unai Emery has little to no faith in the German superstar, and has repeatedly benched him or omitted him from match day squads altogether.
However, extreme financial limitations have left room only for loan deals, and whilst the arrival of Denis from Barcelona is all but imminent, Arsenal are keeping their options open with Lozano. According to talkSPORT, Arsenal have even seemingly completed the loan move for the Barcelona star.
From the perspective of a fan, the signing of Lozano presents a double-edged sword to me. While a talented player like Lozano at £27m is an absolute steal in today’s market, there are some questions that are being raised as well.
Hirving Lozano: Only Hakim Ziyech (73) has won possession in the attacking third more times than Lozano (38) in the Eredivisie since the start of the 2017/18 season
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) January 4, 2019
No one doubts Lozano’s talent and his goal scoring record speaks for itself. Adding to that, his pace and linkup play is something Arsenal have missed since Alexis Sanchez left for Manchester United. The addition of Lozano will undoubtedly help the likes of Aubameyang and Lacazette find the ball at the right places.
However, the area in which there are dark clouds, is his attitude. Hirving Lozano is famous for his fiery and confrontational attitude which has seen him being sent off eight times in his short career. For an Arsenal squad lacking any sort of proper leadership, the last thing they’d want is another hothead to accompany the likes of Granit Xhaka.
If Emery can install a sense of calm into the head of “Chucky” (a nickname he earned for scaring his teammates) and hone his immense potential, Arsenal can end up with a Luis Suarez or Ibrahimovic on their hands. However, if Emery fails to do his job, they might just end up with a Joey Barton.