Wolves Cash-in On Mendes Connections to Land Jimenez

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Wolverhampton Wanderers preparations for the forthcoming Premier League campaign continue unabated with the club announcing the signature of Raul Jimenez from Benfica, according to the Express and Star.

While the regulatory paperwork must be completed, no problems are envisaged, and the season-long loan deal will cover the 2018-19 season. All being well, Wolves have the option to buy the Mexico international for £30m next summer.

27-year-old Jimenez is currently preparing for the 2018 World Cup finals with the Mexico squad who find themselves in a tough group. Defending champions Germany and Sweden are formidable obstacles while South Korea can’t be easily dismissed.

After four seasons with America in his native Mexico, Jimenez moved to then-champions of Spain, Atletico Madrid in 2014. With just 27 appearances to his name, he was sold onto Benfica for £20m and blossomed.

One hundred and twenty appearances with 31 goals is the kind of form which prompted the Rojiblancos to take an interest in the first place. More than that, he landed back-to-back titles with the Eagles and took his tally of international appearances to 63, with 13 goals.

It’s a busy time for the Black Country club with Benik Afobe leaving to join Championship side Stoke City after re-joining the club a fortnight ago. The former Bournemouth striker is being turned around at a quick profit: bought for £10m, Wolves are selling him for £12m.