Hirving Lozano signs record 5-year-deal with Napoli

Hirving Lozano poses in his new Napoli kit on Friday. (Photo by SSC NAPOLI/SSC NAPOLI via Getty Images)
Hirving Lozano poses in his new Napoli kit on Friday. (Photo by SSC NAPOLI/SSC NAPOLI via Getty Images) /

The 24-year-old winger was officially presented with S.S.C. Napoli after the Serie A club acquired him from PSV Eindhoven.

After two extraordinary seasons in the Eredivisie with PSV Eindhoven, Hirving Lozano has taken up a new career challenge. “Chucky” will play in Italy’s Serie A under Carlo Ancelotti at one of that league’s top clubs – Napoli.

Lozano’s transfer deal was the biggest-ever for a Mexican player – nearly 40 million euros – and also the biggest-ever for Napoli. The deal allows the Mexico City to earn up to 5 million euros in bonus money, too. According to Fox Sports, “Chucky” will be earning roughly 4.2 million dollars per season. The contract also includes a whopping 135 million-euro release clause.

Lozano started with Tuzos

The speedy winger joined PSV from Pachuca in the summer of 2017 and played a total of  79 matches, scoring 40 goals and adding 23 assists. Lozano scored 17 league goals in each of his two seasons with the club, helping PSV win the Eredivisie title in his first season there.

Lozano rose up through the ranks of the famed Pachuca academy, making his Liga MX debut during the Clausura 2014 at the age of 19, scoring two league goals and three times in that season’s Copa MX . He helped lead the Tuzos to the Clausura 2016 Liga MX title and to the Concacaf Champions League crown in 2017, before departing for the Netherlands.

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“Chucky” earned his national team debut in 2016 and has made 35 appearances with El Tri. Lozano has nine goals with Team Mexico and his most memorable came in the 2018 World Cup when he scored El Tri’s only goal in its 1-0 upset of defending World Cup champion Germany in their opening group stage game. He was named Concacaf Player of the Year as a result of his performances.

Lozano will get to play in the European Champions League again this season as Napoli is a regular participant in the top club competitions in Europe. The Parthenopeans have finished second to Juventus in Serie A in each of the last two seasons and finished in third place the season before that.

Napoli opens its 2019-2020 schedule this Saturday against Fiorentina, while Lozano could make his Napoli debut in Week 2 against Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus.