Raul Jimenez is on the brink of joining Wolves in a club record permanent deal that could eventually be worth £30m, according to the Daily Telegraph.
A report tonight says talks between Wolves owners Fosun and Jimenez’s club Benfica have stepped up rapidly in recent weeks and that a deal for the 27-year-old, who is Wolves’ 15-goal top scorer, is now close, with confirmation expected at the end of the season.
The fee agreed for the Mexico international is said to be around £25m, with another £5m in add-ons, which would shatter the current club record, £18m for Adama Traore and Jonny Castro Otto.
Wolves are keen to tie up a deal for the forward with speculation that two other Premier League clubs were eyeing a deal, including rumours of Everton being one of those interested.
Jimenez has been a huge hit at Molineux, not only as the club’s top scorer, but his workrate has also made him hugely popular with supporters.
The Mexican is on a season-long loan from the Portuguese club at Molineux, with Wolves holding an option to sign him permanently.
Jimenez scored for his country in their weekend 3-1 friendly win against Chile in California, but was spared a second international in the States in the early hours of Wednesday morning UK time when he was excluded for Mexico’s 4-2 win over Paraguay, meaning he should be available for Wolves’ trip to Burnley this Saturday.
Jimenez spoke positively about remaining at Wolves after the FA Cup quarter-final win against Manchester United.
He said: “I like it very much here. I’m enjoying the team and how I play. It feels very good to be here.
“I was looking for this sort of feeling since I arrived in Europe, to have this confidence and the games.
“Now that I have it I don’t want to lose it. That is what gives you confidence, playing every match. We all know that we are a team and we are all important here.”
Jimenez also said he liked how the fans have taken him to their hearts.
“The fans have taken me to their hearts and I have seen the Jimenez Mexico flag every game.
“It’s amazing, because I think it’s difficult for a player to win the hearts of the supporters, but I think my performances have helped that.
“All the supporters are now with me and that has given me a lot of confidence.”
Jimenez admitted he didn’t know about the club before he joined but he is aware of how big the club is.
“Now that I’m here, I know Wolves are a very good team with a lot of great history,” he said.
“We are making Wolves a big team, not just in England, but in Mexico.
“The atmosphere at Molineux is amazing. Every game the fans are all together the whole way throughout the match.
“When we go out on to the pitch, it’s amazing how they shout, how they support us.”