Chelsea are reportedly lining up a £36million bid for Mexico and PSV star Hirving Lozano.
The forward rose to prominence with a string of fine performances for his country at the 2018 World Cup last summer.
And his fine form has continued in this season’s Eredivisie as the 23-year-old has scored 11 goals already to guide PSV to the league’s summit.
Speaking after his side’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham, Lozano admitted he dreams of playing in England.
“I think the Premier League is great,” he said. “I think that it would be fabulous to play with any of the clubs, but I would love to play for one of the big clubs. I hope that God gives me the chance.”
Spurs, in particular, have plenty to thank Lozano for as it was his goal in his club’s 1-1 draw with Inter that helped Spurs into the knockout stage of the Champions League. PSV finished bottom of the group, but the player still managed two goals and one assist.
According to Italian newspaper Calciomercato, Lozano could be on his way to Stamford Bridge to give Chelsea’s attack a much-needed boost.
Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has made no secret of his desire for attacking reinforcements – Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud have just six league goals between them this season.
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Lozano can play anywhere across the front three, however the Mexican is in high demand, and Chelsea face competition from AC Milan and Napoli for his signature.
It is understood the Blues are keen for the immediate arrival of a forward after £58million signing Christian Pulisic was loaned back to Borussia Dortmund for the remainder of the season.
PSV Eindhoven star Hirving Lozano has admitted the praise he receives from the English press is ‘special’ and revealed he liked Manchester United as a child.
The Mexican forward, known as Chucky, impressed in both games against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League with his direct running and technical skills.
He’s previously been linked with a Premier League switch with Manchester United, Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Everton all noted to be interested in the player.
And with the speculation, many parts of the media have lavished praise on Lozano, which he conceded had made him feel proud.
But he wants to continue learning his trade and improve his talents.
He told talkSPORT’s Universo Premier: “It´s nice English papers talk nicely about me. It´s special. Personally I say thanks for the nice words. I always try to improve and give something extra. I will keep on improving.
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“I learn a lot from every manager. Every manager passes on something new. Mark van Bommel had a great career and you must learn from every manager.”
And when asked about the teams he enjoyed as a child, he added: “I liked Manchester United a lot. In Spain my favourite team is Barcelona.”
Tottenham Hotspur’s hope of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League could be given another blow tonight if PSV Eindhoven have anything to do with it.
The Dutch outfit, like Spurs, have lost their first two clashes in the group stages, being defeated 4-0 by Barcelona and 2-1 by Inter Milan.
The strength of the Eredivisie often gets bad press, especially given some of the flop transfers who have chanced their arm in the Premier League, including Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen, who was stripped of his No.9 shirt in the summer.
Eindhoven, though, will be no pushovers, possessing some real star quality which has helped them score 36 goals in nine game – an average of four per game – and concede just THREE in the Dutch top-flight.
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The Mexican won plenty of fans at World Cup 2018 as he helped his nation knock Germany out of the tournament and he’s carried on where he left off by netting eight goals and creating three in the league.
Playing as part of Van Bommel’s front three, Lozano can play on the left or right, making him fairly unpredictable.
He’s both skilful and a diligent worker willing to track back as well as score goals, while also impressing with his ability at set-pieces.
Whoever lines up in defence could be in for a tough evening against the man nicknamed ‘Chucky’.
The Uruguayan attacking midfielder can unlock tight defences with his delightful left foot, while his drifting movement can cause anyone marking him some real issues.
He’s nimble and quick-witted allowing him to adapt to evolving situations around him and a capable goalscorer with a record of around one in every three matches.
Already a Uruguay international he’s beginning to step up and could soon be on the radar of much bigger clubs as he continues his fourth campaign in the Netherlands.
Pereiro, 23, also once had a ten-day trial at Liverpool along with three other Nacional team-mates.
Once on the books at Manchester City, the Spanish left-back flew the nest in the summer after loan spells to New York City FC, Girona, Mallorca, and NAC Breda.
He’s settled in nicely too with three assists already to his name proving he’s a real threat from the flank.
The 21-year-old isn’t just an attacking full-back though and is capable of clamming up the right flank, where Spurs play 37 per cent of their football.
It may just be Pep Guardiola had the answer to his left-back troubles at the Etihad the whole time.
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