Six years on from their highly successful Javier Hernandez raid on the Primera Division, Manchester United may well tap into the Mexican market again this summer.
According to comments from Pachuca’s president Jesus Martinez, the Red Devils have been paying special attention to rising star Hirving Lozano, sending chief scout Jim Lawlor, the man responsible for unearthing Hernandez, to watch him on numerous occasions.
But what type of player have United been keeping tabs on?
Lozano, nicknamed ‘Chucky’, is a winger, predominantly right-footed, who is deployed on the left on account of his goal threat.
Barely a week goes by these days when the Red Devils aren’t linked with a wide man who is more of a goal getter than creator, with rumoured targets ranging from Cristiano Ronaldo to Sadio Mane.
It would appear that lightening the goalscoring burden currently carried by Wayne Rooney is a top priority for the United recruitment team and, as opposed to paying premiums for proven stars, moulding their own from cheaper materials appears to be something they’re considering.
Despite being just 20, Lozano is a staple in the Pachuca side, playing 41 games last term and another ten this. On top of this impressive experience, he has also won two caps for his country, scoring one goal.
At club level, he hasn’t been quite so prolific, but 17 all competitions strikes from 75 appearances isn’t the worst return for a youngster.
Pace is Lozano’s biggest asset, rendering him a handy tool in the arsenal of any counter-attacking team.
In addition to this ability to exploit the space in behind defences, the winger is also an astute dribbler whose first thought upon receiving the ball is to run at his opponent.
This directness is something notably absent from the current United set up and is indeed synonymous with the revered style with which the Red Devils used to play under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Reverting to said strategy is something supporters have been desperate to see and buying players like Lozano are key to making this happen.