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Manchester United Transfer News: Hirving Lozano Setback Amid PSV Exit Rumours

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJuly 21, 2018

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6: Hirving Lozano of PSV during the Dutch Eredivisie  match between PSV v FC Groningen at the Philips Stadium on May 6, 2018 in Eindhoven Netherlands (Photo by Aaron van Zandvoort/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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Manchester United have reportedly suffered a setback in their pursuit of PSV Eindhoven winger Hirving Lozano following suggestions the Mexican maestro will remain in the Eredivisie for another season.

Lozano was one of Mexico's most impressive stars at the 2018 FIFA World Cup this summer, but Dutch newspaper Eindhovens Dagblad (h/t Charlie Malam of the Daily Express) reported his transfer plans may be delayed until 2019.

Lozano's first season in European football was a major success, as he scored 19 goals in 34 total appearances for PSV—a career-best for a single season—including an impressive tally of 11 assists. That's equal to having a direct hand in a goal every 1.1 games, marking an impressive maiden campaign on the continent.

It was "Chucky" Lozano who scored against Germany to beat the then-reigning world champions in Russia and secure progress to the knockout stages, leaving an impression on Rob Draper of the Mail on Sunday:

Rob Draper @draper_rob

Best game: Belgium-Brazil Best player: Modric Best suprise: Korean keeper Jo Hyeonwoo Most intriguing: Mexico's Hirving Lozano Most suited to Premier League move: Yerry Mina Best fans: Colombia Best pass; Pogba's 50-yard cross-field ball for Mbappe, which led to his goal

Malam noted Chelsea and Arsenal are also among the parties interested in Lozano.

The winger has already developed to become an important player for El Tri at only 22 years of age, and Statman Dave broke down his World Cup campaign by the numbers to illustrate a more sophisticated asset:

Statman Dave @StatmanDave

Hirving Lozano's World Cup by numbers: 16 take-ons completed 13 shots 6 key passes 1 assist 1 goal Announced himself on the 🌍stage. #MEX https://t.co/MVnMPH4YJv

It's anyone's guess as to how left-winger Lozano would fit that role at United if he were to arrive. January signing Alexis Sanchez has accounted for the advanced-left role since his move, with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford fighting for minutes as his back-up at times.

It seems PSV are serious about keeping hold of their Mexican star, too. Malam referenced manager Mark van Bommel's comments regarding the kind of money the Dutch club can afford to reject, via Dutch Football:

Dutch Football @FootballOranje_

PSV boss Mark van Bommel on Hirving Lozano, "Can we can say no to a bid of forty or fifty million euros? Yes, that's possible." (De Telegraaf) https://t.co/xsGUx4EwRB

Tifo Football gave a more comprehensive review of Lozano's credentials and playing style, having made the seamless transition to the European scene after leaving Pachuca in his native Mexico:

Like Sanchez, Lozano is right-footed but favours cutting in from the left flank to make use of it, raising the question as to whether there are better places in which the team could invest.

It could prove a blessing in disguise for United to instead revisit a deal next summer in any case, when Sanchez will be 30 and Lozano will have another year playing in Europe under his belt.

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