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Wolves announce club-record signing of Raul Jimenez

By James Richards

Published: 12:34, 4 April 2019

Wolverhampton Wanderers have broken their transfer record by completing the signing of Raul Jimenez from Benfica for £30 million.

The Mexican star originally joined the West Midlands club on loan but the club has now confirmed that his temporary move has today been made permanent.

Wolves break their transfer record: five key things to know…

  1. Wolves have reportedly paid £30 million to Benfica for the striker.
  2. Jimenez has scored 15 goals in 37 appearances this season.
  3. The club’s previous record transfer fee was the £18 million they paid for Adama Traore in August 2018.
  4. Jimenez has been a key player in helping Wolves climb to seventh in the Premier League table this season.
  5. Jimenez has signed a deal that will keep him at the club until 2023.

The BBC have reported that the deal is worth £30 million and the announcement will be met with delight by Wolves fans who have been enjoying a fine season back in the top flight of English football.

Kevin Thelwell, Wolves sporting director, said of the deal: “The impact Raul has made during his short time at the club has been fantastic and we’re delighted that he’ll be part of the club’s long-term future.

“From the second he walked through the door, he settled straight into the group, and that reflects in his performance, with Raul providing assists and overall selfless performances, as well as obviously goals.”

Jimenez started his career in his native Mexico with Club America and won two Liga MX titles with his boyhood team.

He was spotted by Atletico Madrid and signed for the Spanish giants in 2014. After only a year in Spain, the striker moved to Portuguese side Benfica and enjoyed a very successful three-year stint with the club.

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During his time in Lisbon, he won two Primeira Liga titles and scored a total of 31 goals in 120 appearances.

Wolves signed the player on loan at the start of the current campaign and he has adapted seamlessly to the demands of Premier League football.

Can Wolves secure a spot in Europe next season?

If Manchester City win the FA Cup, which they are clear favourites to do, then the side who finishes seventh will go into next season’s Europa League.

Wolves are currently in pole position to win that race after exceeding all expectations this season. They have been well organised and clinical going forward and have their destiny in their own hands.

Remaining fixtures: Southampton (a), Brighton (h), Arsenal (h), Watford (a), Fulham (h), Liverpool (a).

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side currently have a slender one-point advantage over Watford, who they have to play at the end of April.

With Liverpool away on the final day, Wolves fans will be hoping they can have seventh spot sealed before then, but it certainly promises to be an exciting end to the season.