Wolves will demand at least £60m if they are to consider selling Raul Jimenez to Manchester United, according to a report.
Jimenez has enjoyed his most prolific season to date in 2019-20, scoring 26 goals in all competitions. His form has seen him linked with a move to a more traditional big club.
Manchester United appears to be a possible destination. Reports in Portugal have even suggested the former Benfica man’s move to Old Trafford is practically sealed.
Broadcaster RTP claimed that Jimenez is “on his way” to Man Utd this summer, getting his dream move after admitting he would be open to the idea of the move.
First of all, though, the two clubs will need to agree a fee. And Mexico international Jimenez will not come cheap.
According to Bleacher Report, Wolves are asking for between £60m and £70m to part ways with Jimenez. That would be around double the price they paid for his permanent transfer in 2019.
United are already planning a big money move for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho – whose shirt number has reportedly already been decided. Then, any remaining funds may go towards a move for Jack Grealish. Hence, it remains to be seen if they will be prepared to stump up the cash needed to land Jimenez as well.
United are not the only ones in the market for Jimenez. Juventus are keen on taking him to Serie A, but would also struggle to meet Wolves’ asking price.
Jimenez is also reportedly on Arsenal’s shortlist if they have to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. However, the Gunners remain hopeful of keeping their captain by offering him a huge new contract.
Man Utd urged to sign Jimenez
Despite Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial impressing up front for United this season, as well as Mason Greenwood and Odion Ighalo contributing, a new striker could take them to the next level.
That’s the opinion of former United defender Rio Ferdinand, who earlier this month claimed that Jimenez would bring a different dimension to the Old Trafford frontline.
“I wouldn’t say no at all. I think he’s something different to what they’ve got,” Ferdinand told BT Sport when asked if Jimenez would fit in at United.
“What I like about him is he scores all types of goals. He’s at the back post heading things and bullying defenders, and he can score tremendous goals out of nothing.”