Juventus are reportedly set to hijack transfer of Wolves striker Raul Jimenez from the noses of Manchester United. Mexican is close to agreeing a huge £72million transfer to the Turin Based club.
Yesterday Portugese paper RTP affirm that Jimenez was on the verge completing Man United move.dd because Wolves are close to reaching agreement for Sporting de Braga striker Paulinho.
However, On the contrary Marca claim it is Juventus who are closer to sealing a deal for the Mexican striker.
Jimenez scored 27 goals in all competitions for Wolves this season and that has attracted attention of top clubs in Europe.
Wolves narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification next season and so may find it hard to keep their star players.
Marca had reported that Juventus an opening bid of £45m turned down by Wolves but a iminent offer of £72m is on the table.
This report stated that Paulinho is on his way to Wolves with agent Jorge Mendes close to sealing the deal.
Manchester United Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is craving for a new stiker to bring competition to Anthony Martial for a starting spot.
But they will have to look elsewhere as Jimenez is currently on his way to Juventus.
Mexico manager Gerardo Martino has recently hinted on Jimenez to join United over Juventus.
He said, “Looking at it from the outside today I cannot see a specialist number nine like Raul at United,”
“There are many forwards like (Marcus) Rashford, (Anthony) Martial and the boy who now plays as right winger, (Mason) Greenwood but since Romelu Lukaku left I can’t see a pure number nine like Raul.
“At Juventus he will have more of a fight because (Cristiano) Ronaldo shares the inside of the pitch with whoever plays alongside him, with (Paulo) Dybala or with (Gonzalo) Higuain and maybe he has a tougher fight there.”
Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has this to say:
“It’s not an issue for us, we have a competition and a game to play. We have a lot of things in front of us. It’s not the moment to think about anything else. “I’m sure Raul is totally, 100 per cent focused on what he has to do at Wolves.
“They are things which you can’t control, it’s up to you to decide if you pay attention or not. I admire Tata (Martino), he is a big manager, and honestly it doesn’t distract us.”