Hirving Lozano has started the season in excellent fashion and justified Napoli’s decision to retain him amid reported interest from Sheffield United.

The Mexico international joined Napoli from PSV Eindhoven for £34 million.

Lozano showed enormous potential in Holland. However, since moving to Naples, he has struggled to get going and was heavily linked with an exit during the summer.

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According to Corriere dello Sport, Napoli turned down an approach from Everton but were said to look favourably on a potential loan deal to Newcastle United.

Tuttosport, however, claimed it was Sheffield United who pushed hardest for his signature.

The Italian editorial reported how the Blades offered £9 million to take him on a season-long loan deal, but Lozano ultimately remained at the Serie A club.

Now, the 25-year-old is enjoying a new lease of life at Napoli, scoring four goals in four Serie A starts prompting startling praise from manager Gennaro Gattuso.

‘Chucky had a problem. I remember when he played in PSV, and his problem was a lack of strength in his legs. He fell to the floor every time. We had to beef him up, and train him in a certain way so that he can fight as he has a motor on him. I have little credit [for his form], the praise is on him,” Gattuso told AS.

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Lozano’s form is turning into a tale of what could have been for Sheffield United.

Chris Wilder’s side have struggled to replicate their excellent form last season. They have lost six of their seven Premier League games so far, drawing the other with Fulham.

The Blades have been typically competent while working hard. But there appears to be a lack of speed and quality in the final third, scoring just three times thus far.

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Forward Rhian Brewster has yet to make an impact, starting just twice. Oliver McBurnie, meanwhile, has contributed little during his seven outings this term.

Lozano has pace and trickery in abundance. Now he has added a regular goal threat, the Mexican ace is starting to show why Napoli paid such a big fee for him.

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