Manchester United have been told they have a strong chance of signing Hirving Lozano next year by the player’s former agent, with the deal likely to see another Red Devils star moving out to Everton.
United spent well over £200m over the summer as Erik ten Hag looks to reshape his squad. After a tricky start, United responded by winning five of their next six. However, they were given a huge reality check last weekend as Manchester City mauled them 6-3 in a stark reminder at just how big the gap is.
And while they did return to winning form on Thursday in the Europa League, one pundit has named and shamed five stars he wants gone as part of a 10-man clearout.
One of Ten Hag’s most pressing priorities will be to replace Cristiano Ronaldo in his attack. The veteran star has cut an unhappy figure in recent weeks, taking a bit-part role. Indeed, he was an unused substitute during that humiliation at the Etihad.
As such, it would be no surprise were he to leave in January, with a recent report highlighting the two major gripes Ronaldo has with Ten Hag.
Replacing his goals and presence will not be an easy task for United and the Red Devils boss must think over his options carefully. However, both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are both capable of playing central striking roles. And their move there may open up a space on United’s wings.
One star strongly linked with United in recent times is Napoli winger Lozano.
The Mexican star has been linked with United ahead of the January window and recent speculation has suggested Lozano could leave for Old Trafford for a bargain fee.
Man Utd told Hirving Lozano move is on
Now Lozano’s former representative Alessandro Monfrecol has confirmed the winger has a massive desire to move to the Premier League.
Everton are also mooted as potential suitors for the 109-goal star – but it is United who appear to be in the driving seat.
However, Monfrecol reckons a move next summer, rather than in January, looks to be on the cards.
“Next June, Lozano will leave in my opinion, also because he earns over €4m at Napoli,” Monfrecole told Gonfia la Rete.
“Although he is delighted to be here, he has never hidden that he aspired to the top English clubs. However, now he is probably realising that Napoli itself is a top club.
“He has never hidden that he loves Barcelona and Real Madrid, but unless Carlo Ancelotti falls in love with him again, he has no market.”
He added: “I think he could land in Manchester United or Everton. This does not exclude that other English teams could enter the negotiation. My personal prediction is that he will leave in June, but he is very happy here.”
The Manchester Evening News, however, reveals that Lozano’s situation at Napoli is being monitored closely by United.
His deal does not expire until 2025 but reports claim he will be allowed to move on in the price is right.
Signing may lead to Anthony Elanga departure to Everton
Lozano is a player that Ten Hag knows well from his time in charge in the Netherlands. Indeed, he scored 40 goals in 79 games during a prolific spell at Ajax’s rivals PSV Eindhoven.
And reports claim that any move for Lozano could also lead to the departure of Anthony Elanga to Everton.
The Swede was strongly linked with a move to Everton over the summer, with Frank Lampard a huge fan.
However, Ten Hag opted to keep him, and he’s since featured in seven games so far this season.
Elanga, though, is finding minutes hard to come by and has completed just 297 minutes in that time.
And with just one assist to his name so far, Everton may finally be granted permission to sign the player once a replacement is brought in.
Ten Hag, meanwhile, has told supporters that moulding his side will take time.
“It’s more, it’s physical, it’s mental,” Ten Hag said. “It’s also sustainability, especially. Not just a routine, it’s a way of life. You have to bring it to every training in your system, as a squad and as an individual player.
“And when you had a lack of it in the last years, it’s not something that you build or progress in a week or a month. Now it’s a system that has to be and a demand in nowadays top football.
“It’s quite clear City is the standard in that. There are more teams. But I also think we can deliver that. We have seen it against Liverpool and we’ve seen it against Arsenal.
“Now we have to do it on a consistent basis, that is what we have to work for now. But it will not come overnight, it will also take more than weeks, it will take months.”