Wolves may sell Raul Jimenez
Writing in the Sunday Times, reporter Duncan Castles claims that Wolves are willing to sell their Mexican striker Raul Jimenez in the next window.
29-year-old Raul Jimenez is under contract at Wolves until 2023.
This season, Jimenez has scored 13 goals for Wolves in the Premier League, while contributing 6 assists.
Moreover, the El Tri international has scored 22 goals in 44 games in all competitions for Wolves this season.
Yet, according to Duncan Castles, Wolves would sell their #1 attacker if they receive an offer too good to refuse:
Wolverhampton Wanderers are open to selling Jiménez, who has scored 26 goals in 67 Premier League appearances since joining from Benfica in June 2018, at a substantial profit.
Wolves paid a fee of €38 million (about £34 million) to convert the Mexican’s single-season loan deal into a full transfer ten months later.
Manchester United & Juventus circle
Two clubs are leading the race to sign Jimenez: Manchester United and Juventus.
Starting with Man United, who have reportedly made an enquiry to Wolves about the Mexican striker’s availability, Duncan Castles wrote the following:
With leading scorer Marcus Rashford preferring to play off the left wing, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first full campaign as United manager has been handicapped by operating with just one experienced centre forward, Anthony Martial.
Does this mean Solskjaer intends to play Rashford on the wing next season? It seems so.
Moreover, it’s noted that Odion Ighalo is due to return to Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua at the end of the June. That seems to rule out any hope that Ighalo will turn his loan into a permanent deal.
Turning to Juventus, the Bianconeri, who have also spoken to Wolves according to the Sunday Times, reportedly want Jimenez instead of Gonzalo Higuain in their squad.
However, can Juve really shift Higuain off their books?
Now 32, Higuain’s Juve contract expires in 2021. This season he’s only scored 5 goals in Serie A.
Raul Jimenez: Would he prefer Man United or Juventus?
Unfortunately, Duncan Castles never addressed Raul Jimenez’s concerns.
Would he prefer to join Man United, where he’d likely be a starter at Old Trafford?
Or would be he more attracted to playing alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus? However, in Turin, Jimenez’s game time could be more limited as the Bianconeri are packed with attacking talent including Paulo Dybala?
Or, alternatively, would Jimenez refuse either deal to stay at Wolves?
Back in March, the Mexican attacker said the following during a Facebook Live video:
I have a contract until 2023.
It’s not that we have to qualify for the Champions League in order to stay. I’m good [here], happy with Wolves, doing important things – me as well as the whole team.
We’ve been trying our best since the start of last season. We’ve qualified for the Europa League, now we’re fighting for a Champions League spot.
And it’s the big motivation to keep growing as a player and getting into the Champions League is always a plus that satisfies you and keeps you thinking about big things.
How much would Wolves demand for Raul Jimenez?
Duncan Castles simply wrote that Wolves would consider selling Raul Jimenez if they stand to make a “substantial profit”.
However, the reporter failed to detail how much Wolves would be asking for their attacker.
Last week, though, Portuguese paper Record (via Sport Witness) gave some insight into Jimenez’s possible price tag.
According to Record, Jimenez has no release clause in is Wolves contract.
Record believe Wolves value Jimenez at 100 million euros (around 89 million pounds).
Would either Man United or Juve stump up that cash?
A French left-back threatens Luke Shaw’s Old Trafford future
Luke Shaw’s Man United contract expires in 2023.
This season, the English left-back, who has suffered from injury problems, has played 16 times for United in the Premier League.
According to Duncan Castles, Man United are considering Shaw’s future as they scope out a French left-back:
United are also seeking to strengthen at left-back where they have identified the France Under-21 international Fodé Ballo-Toure as a potential reinforcement for Luke Shaw.
A fast and powerful 23-year-old, Ballo-Toure has established himself a one of Ligue 1’s most accomplished attacking full backs since moving from Lille for €13 million (about £11.6 million) in January 2019.
However, speaking on his Transfer Window podcast, Duncan Castles also noted the big drawback in Ballo Toure’s game:
There’s a bit of a question about his football intelligence, it’s a common theme I think with left-backs, attacking left-backs in football these days, because there’s such an emphasis on players who can add to the attack, the defensive qualities can sometimes be questionable.
That’s the doubt people have about Ballo-Toure, where they want to see him develop.
He himself is on record as saying his concentration is a weak point.
This article was edited by Ben Green.