According to the Daily Telegraph, Wolves are set to pay a club-record £25million to sign on-loan striker Raul Jimenez on a permanent deal from Benfica. The report suggests that talks between the two clubs are at an advanced stage.
The club from the Midlands have enjoyed a highly promising return to the Premier League this season. The Mexican international has played a pivotal role in their stellar campaign so far. His permanent signing seems a no-brainer.
Jimenez has been excellent for Wolves
The 27-year-old has been outstanding for Wolves firing home 15 goals this season and being a strong focal point of their attack. Jimenez recently scored and won man of the match as Wolves recorded a 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final victory over Manchester United at Molineux.
Prior to joining the club from the Midlands, the striker had been linked with moves to Merseyside giants Liverpool and Everton. However, the club’s close links to super-agent Jorge Mendes saw the Mexican arrive at Molineux.
He has certainly made himself a popular figure with Wolves fans and also Fantasy Football fans throughout the season with his goals and performances.
Wolves building their team in the right way
Wolves seem to be growing steadily and confidently as a football club. The club’s Chinese owners Fosun are highly ambitious and want to establish Wolves as a big club in the Premier League eventually.
Slowly but surely, they are bringing in better quality players. Earlier this season the club from Midlands also completed the permanent signing of full-back Jonny for £18million. The recruitment department at the club should be applauded for their work.
Instead of splashing money around on just any players, they are bringing in quality players who have scope for improvement. They are also players who will have a genuine sell on value in the future. In short, the club are investing their money wisely and the team’s performances on the pitch are tangible evidence of that investment. From the outside looking in, Wolves are building their team in the correct way.
They have a boss in Nuno Espirito Santo who has a clear football philosophy, which he has been able to successfully implement at the Midlands club. The club’s hierarchy has then bought players to fit into the philosophy of the head coach.
It sounds pretty straightforward and logical. However, as some other clubs have found out, it’s not as easy as selecting a boss and splashing the cash hoping to get positive results. However, Wolves have managed to give a talented coach the tools to be successful.
Could be playing European football next season
Wolves are currently ‘best of the rest’ in the Premier League, which means they are seventh place in the table. A seventh-place finish may be enough to a Europa League spot, although the side from the Midlands could get into Europe via the FA Cup, which Wolves are odds of 9/2 to win.
Finishing in the top half of the Premier League table was probably Wolves main aim this season. Therefore, finishing seventh and enjoying a good run in the cup, which is far from over, is a successful campaign for Nuno Espirito Santo’s team.
If Wolves continue on their current trajectory, then they may just be causing the Premier League’s top six some sleepless nights in the near future.
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