Wolves are set to obliterate their transfer record by turning Raul Jimenez’s loan deal into a permanent one.
The Mexican striker was one of many high-profile summer incomings drafted in by Nuno Espirito Santo (with a fair bit of assistance from super agent Jorge Mendes where necessary)
Drafted in on loan
🐺 Most Premier League goals + assists from players outside the top 6 teams…
– Raul Jimenez: 18
– Callum Wilson: 17
– Ryan Fraser: 16
– Gylfi Sigurdsson: 14
What a debut season Jimenez is having!#WWFC#CHEWOL pic.twitter.com/XjH5iVJlGP— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) March 10, 2019
The Wolves No.9 has 12 goals and six assists in the 30 top-flight matches he’s had so far and has arguably been the best player in the league outside of the top six.
He also made a name for himself as a big game player, with seven goal involvements (four goals and three assists) against teams in the top six this term.
And now, without waiting until the summer, both Record and AS say that Wolves have arranged to outright sign him for €41 million euros.
“It takes time to settle in the Premier League.”
Raul Jimenez’s debut season:
– 14 goals, including 2 vs Spurs, 2 vs Chelsea and 1 vs Liverpool
– Scored more than Vardy, Lacazette, Lukaku, Firmino, Murray, Mitrovic, Wilson, Rashford & Rondon
– 6 assists
– 4 MOTM awards#WWFC pic.twitter.com/mXH6101r2w— bet365 (@bet365) March 10, 2019
Jimenez will not only become Benfica’s most expensive sale,
The 27-year old was excellent at Stamford Bridge as Wolves claimed another point against one of the big boys and Premier League all-time top scorer Alan Shearer heaped praise on him.
“Jimenez was magnificent for Wolves up front. He held the ball up, great centre forward play,” Shearer said on BBC Match of the Day.
Wolves will sign loanee Raúl Jiménez 🇲🇽 permanently from Benfica for a free that’s estimated to be between €38m-€41m
Silly money or good value?
Goals – 8th best (12)
xG – 4th best (14.12)
Assists – 11th best (6) pic.twitter.com/VcihoG6YAF— Neil Macdonald 📊📈 (@NeilMac555) March 11, 2019
“When you play like that you need a guy up front who can hold the ball up well. I thought Wolves were very, very good today.”