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Report: Wolves Close To Agreeing €80M Deal To Sell Raul Jimenez

Report: Wolves Close To Agreeing €80M Deal To Sell Raul Jimenez

Wolves have put together another excellent campaign this, with the promise of more yet to come. Nuno Espirito Santo's side achieved a second consecutive seventh placed finish in the Premier League, while the Europa League could yet offer them a route into next season's Champions League.

They will surely be looking to build on that for next season, with a place in the top four the goal. You would have assumed Raul Jimenez would have played a major part in that.

After impressing on loan at Wolves last season, the Mexican has taken his game to the next level over the past 12 months. A return of 26 goals and ten assists in all competitions is massively impressive, but even that doesn't do justice to his overall contributions to the team.

Jimenez has been linked with some of Europe's biggest clubs in recent months. Still, with Wolves hardly in need of the cash and building an exciting project of their own, any transfer seemed unlikely.

It looks like they may have been tempted.

Marca are reporting that Juventus are close to agreeing an €80million fee with Wolves to bring Raul Jimenez to Turin. The English side had originally sought a fee of €100million for the striker, but could settle for a bit less than that.

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While he would be a huge loss, a fee like that is difficult to turn down. That is especially true when you consider that Wolves paid around €40million for the player only last summer. At 29-years old, it is unlikely they recoup such a fee for him after this summer.

The report also suggests that they have already lined up his replacement, with Braga's Portuguese striker Paulinho the first option. The 27-year old, unsurprisingly a Jorge Mendes client, has scored 25 goals in 48 appearances this season.

Despite winning yet another Serie A title this season, Juventus could probably do with adding more goals to the team. Their tally of 75 in 37 games places makes them only the fourth highest scorers in the division, with Cristiano Ronaldo (31 goals) and Paulo Dybala (11 goals) the only Juve men to hit double figures in the league.

Jimenez would certainly ease that problem.

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Gary Connaughton

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