Newcastle United’s prospective takeover by a Saudi Arabian-backed consortium is yet to be official but that hasn’t stopped transfer rumours circling around the northeast sleeping giants.
According to Arena Napoli, the Magpies have ‘started talks’ with Mexican winger Hirving Lozano over a €40m (£35.8m) move this summer, although nothing is concrete although that hasn’t stopped supporters from discussing the potential transfer.
The 24-year-old has hardly been a prominent figure under Gennaro Gattuso this campaign, managing only 721 minutes in Serie A and a total of 28 appearances in all competitions, via Transfermarkt.
Lozano only joined Napoli from PSV in the summer where in his final season, he found the net 19 times as well as providing nine assists, per WhoScored.
He’s able to play anywhere along the front three and would certainly bolster Steve Bruce’s attacking armoury given that his only options out wide appear to be Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron.
Here’s how the Magpies faithful have been reacting to the latest report…
Who has "started talks" with Napoli then? The bloke offloading the club, or the bloke who doesn't actually own it yet? Neither seems very believable
— Scott🌹 (@scottwilson1984) May 19, 2020
More typical paper talk, but was class in the 2018 World Cup!
— Callum Irving (@NUFCIrving1010) May 19, 2020
This makes no sense. How would we be doing this, when we’re still waiting for the Premier League to decide a yes or no answer and Mike Ashley still owner
— Michael⚫️⚪️ (@MichaeINUFC) May 19, 2020
He is a world beater on my FM15 game
— Active Arron (@ActiveArron) May 19, 2020
No they haven’t
— OzzyMag (@OzzyMag) May 19, 2020
It would be classic Newcastle that we were meant to sign him in January but ended up with Lazaro instead
— Matthew Osmond (@mosmond93) May 19, 2020
Should be trying to get jetro on a permanent not trying to get another rw when we’ve already got Saint
— Charlie 🇸🇦 (@MassiveMatty) May 19, 2020
he the one thats flopped over there
— ToonBarmy2 (@Barmy2Toon) May 19, 2020
— Kelvin Kang (@chaser_kang) May 19, 2020
— Chris D. (@ChrisDobey) May 19, 2020
Can’t see Mike Ashley wanting to spend another £40m on a forward.
— StevenLynch (@StevenLynch) May 19, 2020
— colin millican (@mrminijeep) May 19, 2020
Mertens, Koulibaly, Allan and Lozano. If we’re linked with any more Napoli players then Mandy may aswell pull out of the deal and just buy them instead.
— Alan Daniel Cook (@cook9) May 19, 2020
Nope. Not with fat mike in charge.
— Simba and Dipsy 🐾 (@Daniell07101064) May 19, 2020
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