Raul Jimenez is set to become a permanent Wolves signing – and one Molineux legend reckons he’s a snip at £30m.
It’s understood an agreement is in place with the Mexican’s parent club Benfica for the season-long loan to become a done deal.
The signing of the 27-year-old striker will shatter Wolves’ current record, which is the £18m they paid Middlesbrough for Adama Traore last August.
Jimenez has proved a huge hit, scoring 14 goals in all competitions to become a firm favourite, while his 12 in the Premier League this season equals the club record set by Steven Fletcher in 2011-12 and place him joint eighth in the top-flight goalscoring charts.
Jimenez has also settled well into the Wolverhampton area and he set fans’ tongues wagging earlier this week when he changed his Twitter profile to say ‘Ex-Benfica’.
Since he was paired up front in a two with Diogo Jota after Nuno Espirito Santo tweaked his formation, Jimenez has blossomed, scoring 10 times in 20 games in all competitions, including seven in his last 10.
The Mexican has also proved himself a man for the big occasion, with goals in both games against Tottenham and Chelsea, plus Liverpool in the FA Cup.
Wolves favourite Kenny Hibbitt is delighted Jimenez is signing permanently.
He told www.wolvesbite.com: “I’m glad he’s signing. He wants to be here and that’s a real plus for the manager.
“Thirty million is a snip for him, at his age. I would give him a five-year deal to take him to 32, because he’s in his best years as a striker now.
“If Wolves weren’t signing him, you’d be looking to pay between £50m-£75m because everyone wants goalscorers that’s what you have to pay for them in the Premier League.
“He might not be everyone’s favourite, but as a manager, I would always have him in my team.
“He creates goals, he scores goals, every game I’ve seen him play he works his socks off, he leads the line and he’s always available, which is great for a midfield player when you’re looking for your strikers.
“Like all good strikers, he’s in the six-yard box and the 18-yard box; he’s a bloody nuisance to defenders, and, when the chances are there and he puts them away. Thirty million is nothing for him.”