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Barcelona were interested in Napoli’s Hirving Lozano

Alexandre Patanian

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In an interview with Azteca TV, with Sport relaying the facts, Hirving Lozano spoke about Barcelona. The Mexican winger is enjoying a bit of a revival in Naples after his coach Gennaro Gattuso was not too keen on him first.

The former PSV Eindhoven attacker is set to leave Italy and reiterated many times his love for Barça. Despite loving the Italian league, Lozano needs and wants a new challenge. He would fit right into a league that is perfect for his pace and trickery:

“I like Barcelona a lot and it would be a dream to come. For the future, you never know what will happen. There are many clubs where I would like to play, and Barça is one of them.”

Hirving Lozano | Azteca TV

“After the World Cup in 2018, many clubs were interested in me, and my agent told me that there was interest from Barça.”

Hirving Lozano | Azteca TV

The 2018 World Cup saw Mexico beat teams such as Germany with their exciting attack. Lozano grabbed the winner against the then World champions. Many clubs were interested in him, and Barça had to at least think about him to rejuvenate the attack. Instead, Malcom came from Bordeaux and had a disappointing spell at Camp Nou.

At 25, the Napoli speedster would be a great option for Barcelona, but they do not need a new winger. If Lozano manages to leave his current side this winter, it will surely not be for sunny Barcelona.

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Ronald Araujo returns to Barcelona first-team training ahead of Sevilla clash

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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This Saturday afternoon, Barcelona will travel to Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan to face Sevilla for the control of the third place in the table. The Andalusians have already proved they are an incredibly tricky opponent so this clash is bound to be a big one once more.

But there is some good news for Ronald Koeman ahead of the Saturday challenge. Barcelona have officially confirmed that Ronald Araujo is once again training with the team. Of course, the centre-back has been out of action for quite some time now and the Catalans have missed him dearly.

He may be still young and developing but the Uruguayan is a true rock in their defence. Having him available should definitely help in the remainder of the season, especially since Gerard Pique is also back.

However, we still don’t know whether Koeman will risk his defensive talisman right from the start this Saturday, even if he is given the green light. Sometimes, throwing players into the fire immediately, especially for such a huge game, can be counterproductive.

Araujo is surely eager to play but Koeman needs to think long-term when making this tricky decision. Despite the opposition and the importance of the match, maybe it wouldn’t be that bad to start him on the bench.

After all, he can always be substituted in if the team requires some extra solidity in the latter parts of the clash. Hopefully, however, it doesn’t come to that.

Either way, this is a must-win game and the team better be ready to face the challenge.

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