In the summer of 2017, Liverpool released Takumi Minamino, but they were unable to find a replacement. However, Napoli has a winger who could be the solution for the upcoming campaign.
Although it may seem odd to say, Liverpool might need one additional offensive player. Liverpool signed Darwin Nez last summer, but three attackers left and just two of them were replaced.
The club also lost Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi in addition to Sadio Mané. Nunez took the position of the Senegalese legend, but Minamino and Origi are still missing (even if one could make the argument for Fabio Carvalho).
The likelihood of Liverpool acquiring another attacker during the forthcoming winter or summer transfer window is indicated by this. Napoli’s Hirving Lozano, a winger, has been mentioned in transfer rumors.
The Mexican player moved from PSV Eindhoven to Napoli in the summer of 2019, but he hasn’t quite lived up to expectations. Prior to Victor Osimhen’s arrival from Lille for about £60 million ($73 million/€70 million) a year later, he was Napoli’s most expensive acquisition. He arrived for about £34 million ($42 million/€40 million).
Lozano struggled to make an impact on a team that was controlled by “senators” like Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne, and Jose Callejon, who had been with the team for a long time and were well-liked by Napoli supporters.
However, Lozano eventually did, especially after Mertens and Callejon were let go or moved on. Under the current manager Luciano Spalletti, Lozano has been in and out of the lineup, but he has consistently played in both Spalletti’s primary 4-2-3-1 configuration and preferred 4-3-3 formation.
Lozano may leave Napoli this summer, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, as his contract expires in the summer of 2024 and his contracted salary is now regarded as being too high in the post-pandemic context.
With the southern Italian club, Lozano earns £3.8 million ($4.7 million/€4.5 million) annually. According to The Mirror, Liverpool would be considering inviting the Mexican to Anfield in the summer of 2019.
Is he worth taking, or not? Given that Lozano primarily plays on the right side, which is Mohamed Salah’s zone, he might not be the first choice, but he would be an upgrade over Minamino and add depth to the squad.
Jürgen Klopp would benefit from Lozano’s versatility on the wings if he needed to shuffle players around. Klopp might not object to playing Lozano on the left flank given Luis Daz’s injury.
Napoli would undoubtedly be pleased to have his salary taken off their books, thus Liverpool could likely do business with them without spending a lot of money. Even if they conclude the season with their first league championship in 33 years, they will still need to make adjustments to their team because they lost £44 million ($54 million/€52 million) in 2021–22.
For the upcoming season, Klopp might employ Lozano as a fourth or fifth option. If Liverpool could acquire him for a reasonable price, he would be a superior option to Minamino.
Reds want Spurs “animal” amid transfer “dream” admission
Enzo Fernandez and Sofyan Amrabat, two World Cup players, are frequently mentioned in connection with Liverpool as the January transfer window approaches.
The Reds, however, wish to finish their work early once more because fresh news indicates that events are occurring elsewhere. To strengthen their midfield, Liverpool is rumored to be considering a raid on one of their Premier League opponents. Ajax star claimed that it would be his “dream” to join a top-tier club, and the Reds have previously expressed interest in him.
According to reports, Rodrigo Bentancur, a midfielder for Tottenham and Uruguay, would be pursued by Liverpool, Real Madrid, and Manchester United.
Former Reds player and Uruguayan international Luis Suarez referred to Bentancur as a “animal.” Bentancur has been excellent since relocating permanently to north London in January, making 39 appearances across all competitions, scoring five goals and assisting on two more so far this season.
Now, if Liverpool decides to act swiftly, Spurs might be set to experience the unfathomable. The Reds “want” Bentancur, according to El Crack Deportivo, and may make an approach in January if he turns out to be less expensive than other options.