Jimenez on Real Madrid, Barcelona; Grealish to Man United
Wolves and Mexico striker Raul Jimenez has discussed reports linking him with a move to Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Jimenez, 28, has had another superb season in the Premier League, scoring 22 goals in 44 games in all competitions and although he remains committed to the project at Molineux he admitted the lure of the La Liga giants could be too much.
“If an offer comes from Real Madrid or Barcelona, it is obvious that you do not miss such an opportunity, but I want to stay and fight to qualify for the Champions League and for important things,” Jimenez told ESPN. “I find out through social media that they have already put me at Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal… Every day a new team comes out. You have to be calm.”
Jimenez is a relative late bloomer in his career after spells at Benfica and Atletico Madrid in Europe and although he is adored by the Wolves faithful, could they really bemoan him for joining Real or Barcelona?
On the face of it, Jimenez would be a very good focal point for the Real Madrid attack and would replace Karim Benzema as the central striker with Eden Hazard, Rodrygo and Vincius Jr. buzzing around him.
Rounding up some of the other transfer news from around the Premier League, a report from the Manchester Evening News claims that Man United have now prioritized signing Jack Grealish over James Maddison.
Per the report Maddison has admitted he will not be leaving Leicester City in the next 12 months and Man United feel that Grealish will be easier to sign due to Villa’s perilous position in the Premier League relegation zone.
Grealish, 24, has three years left on his contract at Villa and it seems like now may be the right time for the boyhood Aston Villa fan to move on. The playmaker has undoubted talent on the ball and can operate out wide or centrally and Man United do have the need for a different type of wide player.
There’s no doubting that Grealish still has to improve his attitude off the pitch though, as his recent punishment for breaking the UK’s lockdown orders during the coronavirus pandemic proves.