Barcelona and Atletico Madrid to battle it out for a World Cup star

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are set to go head to head once again but this time it’s for a certain World Cup winner, who showed the world what he can do when called upon.

The La Liga giants have been at war for quite sometime, especially since Atletico Madrid slowly and stealthy became a force in Spanish football. Under Diego Simeone, Las Rojiblancos have won a La Liga title, two Europa League titles, and reached the Champions League finals twice, with many seeing them as genuine challengers this season. Barcelona on the other hand, have been permanently after Antoine Griezmann ever since Neymar left for PSG.

But now according to reports Dario AS, both the La Liga sides are set to battle it out for Mexico and PSV Eindhoven star Hirving “Chucky” Lozano either in the winter transfer window or next season, depending on the club’s stance on the 23-year-old. Lozano was one of the breakout stars of Russia 2018, alongside the already brilliant Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric, as he tortured Joachim Low’s Germany side in the group stages.

Not only that, it was Chucky’s form in the Eredivisie that had the world’s eyes on him, including Mexico. In just under 30 appearances, and his debut season for the club Lozano went on to score 17 goals and produce 11 more, as PSV went on to win the league title.

And the 23-year-old has even started this season brilliantly, with three goals in four appearances including one in his first game in the Champions League. But Chucky, as the youngster is fondly known as has already confirmed his future at PSV amid various transfer rumours, staying at the club for now.

But with the likes of Manchester United, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and a few others in the race, it could get complicated very soon.

Author’s take:

Hirving Lozano is a brilliant forward and has incredible potential to become even better, but a move this season wouldn’t do him any good. He certainly has what it takes to make it at a big club, but till he shows how good he is this season, a move to a bigger side should wait at least until next summer.

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