Manchester United have once again been linked with a move for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Mexican National Team no. 9, Raul Jimenez. However, the move is reportedly dependent on Wolves’ ability to find a replacement striker, with SC Braga’s Paulinho cited as their ideal target.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not hidden his desire for attacking depth, particularly at striker, and with Odion Ighalo’s loan set to expire at the end of Europa League play United will once again be without a back up option for Anthony Martial. If he is willing to accept a lesser role to play at a bigger club, with Champions League football, Raul Jimenez would be an excellent role player to add.
Jimenez, 29, has spent much of his career looking for a bigger club to shine at. He made the jump from Club America to Atletico Madrid in 2014, but struggled to break through and moved to Benfica just a year later. After 3 years in Portugal Jimenez was loaned to newly promoted Wolves in 2018, and began to finally get people’s attention. He’s scored 43 goals in 97 appearances since his arrival, including 17 Premier League goals in the 2019/20 campaign, matching the output of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. He’s also played in all 38 games for Wolves in both seasons, showing his ability to stay fit over the course of a season.
Much of Manchester United’s transfer business is expected to be conducted in the coming days before Europa League football resumes in August, and rumors are flying fast now. The club have been linked with Jimenez before, and it appears he remains an option for the Red Devils now with added money and Champions League football guaranteed for next season.