Napoli paid a club-record £36m to recruit Mexico international Hirving Lozano from PSV Eindhoven in August 2019. Amid suggestions his preference was a transfer to Manchester United, he instead signed a five-year contract to move to Serie A, where he expected to contend for the title, having scored 17 goals and provided eight assists during both the 2017/18 and 2018/19 editions of the Eredivisie.
They have since been unexpectedly inconsistent, but under their new manager Gennaro Gattuso are demonstrating a desire to rediscover what it was that once made them so effective under Maurizio Sarri, and perhaps a system that would encourage Lozano to excel as he did for Mexico throughout the 2018 World Cup. “We’re close to being a winning team and have to work hard,” he said when he moved.
“I’d only seen my team-mates play on TV before, but I appreciate them even more up close. I wanted a new adventure, and Napoli represents a bright future.”