PSV Eindhoven superstar Hirving Lozano is the subject of interest from Chelsea, who are hoping to bolster their options up front in the new year.
According to Calcio Mercato, the Blues have been monitoring the Mexico international’s progress over the last few months and they are now lining up a bid for his services in the January transfer window.
Calcio Mercato reports that Chelsea will likely face stiff competition for his signature from Serie A giants AC Milan, who have also been impressed by the prolific 23-year-old’s exploits in the Netherlands and in the Champions League this season.
Lozano has contributed 15 goals and eight assists for PSV in all competitions this term, emerging as one of the top goalscorers in the Eredivisie and proving himself against the likes Tottenham and Inter Milan in Europe.
The explosive winger has been tipped for a bright future at the highest level and he could thrive for Chelsea if he were to opt for a move to Stamford Bridge, given head coach Maurizio Sarri’s attack-minded philosophy.
The Italian boss has only Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud to call on as central strikers at the moment, with Eden Hazard shouldering the responsibility as the main goalscorer for the Blues despite playing predominately in wide areas.
Lozano is not a centre-forward but he has the qualities to add a new dimension to the Chelsea strike-force, with pace to burn, an eye for goal and a direct style of play.
Morata is out of form and out favour with Sarri, while Giroud is approaching the latter stages of his career at 32-years-old, leaving the Blues short of a clinical edge in front of goal over the first half of the 2018-19 campaign.
The acquisition of Lozano could provide Sarri with exactly what he has been missing ahead of the second half of the year, with the Europa League and Carabao Cup still to play for and a fight to consolidate a top four place in the Premier League on the horizon.