Arsenal are reported to be planning a bid for Mexico star Hirving Lozano. The 22-year-old, who has also drawn interest from both Barcelona and Real Madrid, has been one of the stand out players at Russia 2018, netting in Mexico’s opening victory over Germany, and impressing over the course of the tournament.

One of the best aspects of the World Cup is that it gives younger players a platform in which to showcase their talents to a wider audience. Four years ago in Brazil, the footballing world was given its first taste of the likes of James Rodriguez and Memphis Depay, both of whom went on to earn significant transfers to Real Madrid and Manchester United respectively.

So far, Russia 2018 has given Premier League managers plenty to think about during the transfer window. Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was full of praise for Russia’s Aleksandr Golovin earlier this week, leading to reports of a potential bid for the exciting midfielder. The latest transfer rumour however, centres around Hirving Lozano, who is understood to have caught the attention of new Arsenal boss Unai Emery.

Since taking over at the Emirates on May 23, Emery has already signed three players, with goalkeeper Bernd Leno, centre-back Sokratis, and right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner all tipped for a place in Emery’s starting XI next season.

Lozano, who currently plays for Dutch side PSV Eindhoven, could be the next major signing that Emery makes, if Arsenal can fight off fierce competition from Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.

“The truth is I’m very happy that the names of very important teams are being linked with me. When I am asked which I prefer I have to say both.” said Lozano last week.

“I have to make sure I stay calm, take things slowly and concentrate on having a good World Cup. I’m really enjoying it.”

Lozano enjoyed an emphatic breakout season with PSV in 2017/18, netting 17 goals in just 29 league appearances (19 in 34 in all comps) for the Dutch side, and helping them towards their 24th Eredivise title. The 22-year-old is currently just one year into a six-year contract with the club, meaning Arsenal may have to pay a considerable transfer fee to bring him to the Emirates this summer.

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