Mexico’s Jimenez joins PL new boys Wolves
Raul Jimenez has signed for Premier League new boys Wolverhampton Wanderers.
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The Mexican national team forward joins Wolves on a season-long loan from Portuguese giants Benfica and the 27-year-old becomes Nuno Espirito Santo’s first signing of the 2018/19 campaign.
Jimenez is currently away with Mexico as part of their 2018 World Cup squad and he will link up with his new club after the tournament.
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Per reports, Jimenez could sign permanently for Wolves next summer for $40 million when his loan deal ends. With his vast experience in the UEFA Champions League and international level, plus winning major titles in Mexico, Spain and Portugal, signing Jimenez is a major coup for Wolves.
The former Atletico Madrid and Club America striker has scored 31 goals in 120 games for Benfica over the past three seasons, after a frustrating 2014-15 campaign at Atleti playing second fiddle to their star strikers.
But at Wolves he should be the main man and the PL new boys (they won the English Championship to return to the top-flight for the first time in six seasons) have once again bennefitted from having “super agent” Jorge Mendes on their board. The Portuguese native has been influential in helping Wolves, bankrolled by Chinese owners Fosun, sign stars such as Willy Boly, Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota from Portuguese soccer but Jimenez may be their biggest arrival yet.
Jimenez has scored 13 goals in 63 career appearances for El Tri since making his debut for Mexico in 2013.