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Wolves: Raul Jimenez could leave

Wolves: Raul Jimenez could leave -Wolves News

Wolves are willing to sell Raul Jimenez during this summer’s transfer window, talkSPORT’s Alex Crook reports

The lowdown

Wolves signed Jimenez on an initial loan from Benfica in 2018 following their promotion back to the Premier League, and made the deal permanent for £34.2million a year later.

The striker has gone on to make 144 appearances for the club, scoring 54 goals and providing 22 assists. Last season, he suffered what could have been a career-ending head injury in a game against Arsenal, ruling him out for 31 matches.

The 31-year-old has just over two years left on his £41,000-per-week contract at Molineux.

The latest

Crook writes that Wolves are ‘open to offers‘ for Jimenez and will part with him for as little as £15million.

‘The feeling among the Wolves hierarchy’ is that the Mexican would benefit from ‘a change of scenery’.

The player is said to be open to the idea of returning to Spain after a previous stint at Atletico Madrid.

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The verdict

Quite simply, with Ruben Neves expected to quit the club and join Barcelona, Wolves cannot allow another iconic part of their team to depart.

Jimenez’s goal return this season has been a little underwhelming – just six in 34 appearances. But that tally has to be placed in context. It’s actually enough to make him the club’s joint top-scorer (alongside Daniel Podence) and he’s only under-performed his xG by 0.6.

That suggests that Wolves aren’t a particularly free-scoring side who create chances at will, complicating life for Jimenez.

Some supporters may be disappointed to hear that the club are willing to cut ties with the frontman for less than half of what they paid.

Indeed, they voted him Player of the Season in 2019/20, as did his team-mates, and he’s also won the Premier League POTM award during his time in England.

In other news, this Portuguese newspaper has dropped a big Wolves transfer story.

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