One of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s priorities ahead of the January transfer window was to strengthen the team’s attacking depth. Manchester United lost Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez during the summer, and they haven’t been able to replace them so far. It seems adding at least one attacker is a must for The Red Devils.
Several names have been linked with a potential move to Old Trafford. However, one name that has been repeated constantly is the one of Wolverhampton striker Raul Jimenez. The Mexico international has been one of the most consistent forwards in the Premier League during the past two years, and his rare mix of skill and strength has captivated Solskajer.
Based on several reports, The Red Devils want to sign the former Benfica star. However, there are many hurdles to clear before the Old Trafford outfit can get a deal done for the 28-year-old. The biggest one lies on Wolves’ intention to part ways with their top scorer and star striker. Let’s think about it. Why would they decide to part ways with Jimenez midway through the season?
Wolves remain alive on the race to clinch a UEFA Europa League berth of next season. They have qualified for the Round of 32 in this year’s competition, and they are also alive in the FA Cup Third Round. Jimenez has played a pivotal role on the team’s successes this season. And there are no quality names available on the market that could potentially fill the void that would be created by his departure.
There’s also a big problem on where Jimenez would fit at Manchester United. Solskjaer already has Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood as alternatives for the striker role. Marcus Rashford can also play on that position if needed. Adding Jimenez right now would end up creating a problem of having too many players for only position.
For what is worth, Jimenez said he would agree to a Molineux exit. But only if the move is beneficial for both him and the club. Manchester United would certainly represent a step in the right direction but Wolves might be reluctant to let him go.
Jimenez, who has 23 goals in 79 caps for the Mexican national team, has netted 17 times in 34 matches across all competitions for Wolverhampton this season. No one can deny the fact that he would be a great signing for Manchester United. But right now, neither The Red Devils nor the Wolves are on a good position to hold talks for a potential move. There are just too many hurdles to find sense on this transfer.
Keep an eye on this rumour during the summer, though. But right now, the chances of Jimenez moving to Old Trafford are slim to none.
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