One agent who is working overtime this off-season is Luis Jimenez’s representative, Rocco Dozzini. With his client clearly desperate to end his role as a benchwarmer at Inter, Jimenez has been linked with a slew of London-based clubs as a new home is sought for the Chilean winger.
Although Inter won the Serie A title last term, 24-year-old Jimenez was hardly a contributing factor to the team’s success. The winger struggled for first team football under Jose Mourinho, playing just six games without completing a full 90 minutes once.
Whether Spurs and Arsenal will move for the winger seems doubtful. Of all the clubs playing in the Premier League, the North London rivals boast two of the paciest and feared right-wingers in the division in Theo Walcott and Aaron Lennon. While both clubs are definitely in the market for fresh recruits, neither club is yearning for a new right-winger and it would be hugely surprising if Jimenez completed a move to either club.
In turn, the link to West Ham could hold more water.
According to reports circling in the media, the Hammers have been tracking Jimenez for a over a month now, with the clubâ€™s technical director Gianluca Nani alleged to have opened talks with Inter for a proposed Â£3.5million transfer. The Hammers, a club full of Italian links with Gianfranco Zola at the helm, would no-doubt benefit from adding Jimenez to their squad, and arguably the links with Spurs and Arsenal is all a ploy by the Chilean’s representative to create a bidding war where none exists.
So is Jimenez any good? The short answer is yes, however there are some obvious caveats.
Pacey, skillful, and able to pick out a pass, right-footed Jimenez is usually seen hugging the right-hand touchline, although the winger has also played in a far more central role. However, any potential suitor should also be aware of Jimenez’s injury-plagued past, the winger has failed to play more than 20 matches in any of his last six seasons.
Video evidence of Luis Jimenez can be seen here.