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Raul Jimenez urged to secure Manchester United transfer from Wolves by Mexico coach Gerardo Martino

Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Raul Jimenez has been urged to make a move to Manchester United this summer by Mexico manager Gerardo Martino, according to reports. This is not the first time the 29-year-old has been linked to United and probably will not be the last, however, the £90 million price tag might say a lot, especially this summer.

United have been doing well in the goalscoring ranks at this stage of the season with Mason Greenwood scoring a brace against Bournemouth on Saturday and both Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford scoring a goal each. However, the need for a new striker is on the table with Odion Ighalo only at the club until the end of January 2021.

Mexico boss Martino feels that Jimenez is the natural number nine that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs in hims team, suggesting that there could well be something in this speculation, which may not make Wolves supporters happy as he has been a standout player at the club this season. However, he could be a great signing for United.

The 57-year-old Mexico manager clearly rates the striker and would see him learn a lot more at a club like United, which could be strong enough, with his arrival to carry them to a title charge next season, which in turn would bring Mexico the benefits of the player in full confidence and raring to go, with the country seeking to win something, building on their CONCACAF Gold Cup win in 2019. Martino said:

“Looking at it from the outside today I cannot see a specialist number nine like Raul at United.

“There are many forwards like Rashford, Martial and the boy who now plays as a right-winger, 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 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.”

Martino spoke further about the player, believing that the 29-year-old has a lot to weigh up before making a decision to leave Wolves. He has had teams like Juventus on his tail in the past and will be happy at Wolves, as since their rise from the Championship, this have achieved more than they were expected to and are still involved in UEFA Europa League football this season, and high up in the Premier League, seeking to keep European football on the table. Martino confirmed:

“We who see it from the outside, you [the journalist] and even me, always have the idea that a player has to aim for more and how good it would be for him to go to play for Manchester United.

“For me, that at one point in my life I was in a very big club [Barcelona], and having lived a difficult year there, I say that you have to be convinced of the step you want to take and you have to analyse it from many places.

“And he has elements to analyse it because, although he has not been at Manchester United, he was at Atletico Madrid and he was at Benfica. And he has elements to put in the balance to decide what he wants from his life.

“Maybe he wants a bigger challenge because he feels that he is in good shape and has to take advantage of it, maybe he wants to stay in this place, maybe the options you read about are not real and do not exist.

“I think the best thing is for Raul to make the decision based on the analysis he makes and with the consensus of his family because, when it comes to enjoying, not only the player suffers and enjoy, but also the family do it.”

Raul Jimenez welcomes talk about transfer this summer with Manchester United interested – reports

Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Raul Jimenez has admitted that ‘good to know’ that other teams are talking about him after it was reported that both Manchester United and Juventus were interested in signing him this summer with his club putting a £90 million price tag on him this summer, despite player values dropping because of the coronavirus pandemic.

This season, Jimenez has made a total of 47 appearances for Wolves, playing in the Premier League, FA Cup and the UEFA Europa League, scoring 24 goals and 10 assists in Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, which is a great return for the club he permanently signed for last summer after a loan spell from Portuguese side Benfica.

The Mexican striker, 29, seems to have many clubs watching his progress but Wolves will seemingly not be bullied in selling him cheaply. He was signed last summer for £32 million and reports suggesting the player could have been available for just £18 million this summer seem to have been proven as untrue, although it did seem unbelievable at the time.

Jimenez remains committed to Wolves and will happily continue his career at the club but the interest from bigger clubs who could actually challenge for league titles could turn his head, which is why Wolves have placed a deterrent in place – his £90 million price tag. Speaking to Telemundo, Jimenez said:

“First of all I am very happy here with the Wolves. I am in a place where from the first moment we made an incredible connection.

“I am no stranger to all that [the rumours], every day a new team comes out, every day a new offer comes out, I do not know how many millions.

“It is good to know that they are talking about you, but what I have to do to make that happen is to continue doing my job here with the Wolves.”

Wolves could finish above United this season, rising above them in fifth with their 1-0 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday. As it stands, if Manchester City’s two-year ban from European competition is upheld, Wolves would be playing in the UEFA Champions League next season. United, of course, have the opportunity to leapfrog Wolves this evening, if they beat Brighton and Hove Albion.

Juventus and Real Madrid step up interest for Wolves striker Raul Jimenez; Manchester United blow?

Manchester United have apparently been dealt a transfer blow inn the chase for Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Raul Jimenez, according to reports. The 29-year-old has been linked to United for a while but Juventus and Real Madrid are also interested with both clubs set to step up their interested in the Mexican this summer.

Now, I am interested in football rumours but the thought behind them seems to be lacking at times. Jimenez has many interested clubs and could well be on the move this summer, should a big club make a move for him. However, with reports suggesting that Real Madrid will not make any big signings this summer, this seems a little off.

I guess these rumours sell newspapers and linking the biggest clubs will get a lot of attention. Juventus have reportedly asked for information from Wolves and seemed put off by the £54 million asking price this summer, something that you can understand after the Premier League club paid £32 million for the player last summer.

There were rumours that Wolves could sell the player for £18 million this summer, but that seems to be hearsay than actual fact, especially after Juventus were quoted £54 million for the player, a £22 million inflation from the price Wolves paid Benfica last summer, after a successful season on loan at the club. Jimenez, speaking to actress Jessica Coch on YouTube, said:

“It is something very cool, I do not know if they will be true, they are rumours.

“Since they are talking about me, different teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool – they are teams that are important in football history.

“It is an incredible thing to be on the radar and on the lips of those teams. It is something good for me to continue growing, making an effort and taking it as an incentive so that, if possible, I can achieve it.”

United will be seeking a striker to replace Romelu Lukaku, who was sold last summer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side do have Nigerian striker, Odion Ighalo until the end of January 2021, which cuts out the urgency of signing a new striker this summer, although with United keen on Jimenez, they could move if they have the chance.

Raul Jimenez find Manchester United interest a ‘motivating factor’ ahead of season restart – reports

Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Raul Jimenez says it is incredible to be a summer transfer target for a host of top clubs and it has motivated him for the Premier League restart this weekend. It is suggested that the Mexican striker is on the transfer wish list of both Manchester United and Juventus with both clubs seeking reinforcements this summer.

The striker has scored 22 goals in 44 matches in all competition this season, following on form 17 goals last season, when the player was on loan from Benfica before a £33 million switch from the Portuguese club. The 29-year-old seemed pretty positive with the rumours and could well be interested in moving. Jimenez said:

“It is something very cool. Different teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool – they are teams that are important in football history.

“It is an incredible thing to be on the radar and on the lips of those teams. They are rumours but it is something good for me to continue growing, making an effort and taking it as an incentive so that, if possible, I can achieve it.”

Jimenez will be back in action for Wolves when they face West Ham United on Saturday after a three-month break because of the coronavirus pandemic which suspended football in mid-March. The Mexican has three years remaining on his contract and previous reports suggested that he could be available for as little as £18 million this summer.

The Mexican is said to have the ambition to play for a big club on day and at 29, that time could be running out. The player has done enough to establish himself in the Premier League and will be looked at by bugger clubs with United and Juventus reportedly doing so right now. Speaking about his ambitions, Jimenez concluded by saying:

“My dream team? Whatever one that signs me would be incredible. Imagine that right now I tell you one and in the end I go to the rival, they will reproach me all the time, I will get into trouble!”

Raul Jimenez available for £18 million this summer; Manchester United and Juventus interested – reports

Manchester United could have received a summer transfer boost as it has been reported that Wolverhampton Wanderers striker, Raul Jimenez could be available for just £18 million this summer. However, with Odion Ighalo’s loan extension at the club, which will end in January 2021, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be saving money for other areas this summer.

United really need a right-winger to add to the squad as the position has been a problem for some time now, which may or may not see the club seeking a new striker. However, if the reports of the £18 million fee are true, it would be something that Solskjaer should not pass up easily. Juventus seem interested in the player also.

According to TuttoJuve, Wolves could ask for as little as £18 million for the Mexican striker this summer despite the fact the Premier League club paid £32 million to make his loan from Portuguese side Benfica permanent last summer. The 29-year-old has scored 39 goals and 18 assists for the club with 22 goals and 10 assists coming this season.

United needed to sign a striker last summer after the departure of Romelu Lukaku but Solskjaer made do with what he had; Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, and Mason Greenwood. However, injuries to Martial and Rashford at stages this season saw the club having to make do with other players, the reason for Ighalo’s loan in January.

With the Nigerian at the club for the remainder of the Premier League season, which will be starting in just under two weeks, and the fact he will remain at the club until the end of January 2021, Solskjaer may keep the money provided for him this summer to bring in players who are needed more urgently, such as Jadon Sancho or players like him.

However, if the £18 million fee is in fact true, which is something that I doubt, although it could be caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the fact that most players value has declined, could well be true. I guess we will just have to wait and see what happens here. United won’t need another striker at the club until January, with Ighalo there.

Chicharito describes the pressure playing for Real Madrid was much more than at Manchester United

Former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez spent six years at the Old Trafford club, signing for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in 2010 and leaving in 2016, then under the management of Jose Mourinho. After falling down the pecking order at the club during David Moyes’ time at the club, Chicharito was loaned to Real Madrid in 2014.

Louis van Gaal managed United at the time the Mexican left the club, albeit temporarily and after not actually setting the world alight at the Spanish club, the player returned to the Theatre of Dreams. In Madrid, Chicharito played 33 times, scoring nine goals and nine assists, winning the FIFA Club World Cup – despite not playing in the tournament.

Hernandez stated that the pressure at the Madrid club was much more intense than it was at United and the scrutiny was nothing like he had seen before. I guess that is why the supporters of the club are the way they are, making or breaking the career of a player based on a single appearance, which is something they have been known to do.

Having played for both United and Madrid, Hernandez was asked in an interview with Rio Ferdinand, a United legend, to describe the differences between the two clubs which led to the player talking about the way of life in Spain which led to a more intense focus one him during his time at the club. Hernandez said:

“I think it’s the culture. It’s just a description, it’s not something that I want to make less or make more any of the clubs.

“It’s just a description, you know how the way of life in England is a little bit more calm, a little bit more close, a little bit more in that way.

“In Spain and Portugal it is more the Latino way. It’s the culture, it’s more open, they’re more exposed.

“In United I never felt in the outside that it was completely as massive as it really was.

“But you know not many fans outside, not many press, not leaking news, you can walk a lot in Manchester, they respect you more.

“In Spain they respect you but they are more like my country they want things from you they want the picture they want to grab you.”

Hernandez fell out of favour with Moyes, which led to the same by Van Gaal, selling the player Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen for around £7.3 million. It was a shame it had to end that way but he’d gone from scoring 20 goals in his first season, 12 in his second, 18 in his third to nine in his fourth, scoring no goals in his fifth and sixth seasons at the club.

At Leverkusen, Hernandez started to show his striking ability once again, scoring 39 goals and nine assists in 76 appearances at the club. He stayed at the club for two seasons before returning to the Premier League, signing for West Ham United for £16 million, before Moyes managed the club. Chicharito scored 17 goals and four assists in 63 appearances.

On deadline day at the start of the 2019/20 season, Chicharito left West Ham for Sevilla, signing a three-year contract. He played 15 times for the club, scoring three goals. In January 2020, the Mexican striker signed a three-year contract with MLS side LA Galaxy, becoming the highest paid player in the league. He has played twice so far.

Chicharito was a poacher at United and a great player to bring off the bench with the club needing a goal. I cannot help but wonder if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had replaced Ferguson, could he have continued his form as a top striker in the game, helping United on the road to glory again. Granted, it never happened but many will not argue his ability.

Wolves striker flattered by Manchester United links with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seeking new striker – reports

Wolverhampton Wanderers striker, Raul Jimenez has been flattered by the speculation linking him to a number of top clubs around Europe with them in the hunt for a new striker. Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus have all been credited with an interest in the player, with a club likely to make a move as soon as the transfer window opens.

However, the Mexican forward is not planning on leaving the West Midlands club yet, at least that is what is being suggested – many players take the same stance, many might be telling the truth, others playing the game. The striker has been intrinsic to Wolves’ success since winning promotion to the Premier League during the 2017/18 season.

The player is currently focussed on trying to reach the UEFA Champions League with Wolves, which is a possibility this season with them sitting sixth in the Premier League, two points clear of United in fifth place. If the remainder of the 2019/20 season is actually played, which seems likely with players returning to training, it will be a good season end.

Mexican news outlet, Medio Tiempo, has reported quotes from the player’s father, responding to the speculation linking his son to United, among others. The quotes seem to cast aside any chance of the player leaving the club this summer, but with the remainder of the current season left to play, I would not expect anything else. He said:

“Raul [Jimenez] has always said so, that [the interest] is something very cool.

“He is very happy in his current team, hopefully getting into the Champions League positions and playing in the Europa League for now.

“Always for him, all of it is very gratifying. It is very cool to hear those comments.

“Right now there are lots and lots of rumours. God willing, he will be back next month and hopefully it will resume.

“The rest, there is nothing. All he has commented on is only what he sees being published, but that’s not for now.

“Whether there is something different later, we will see. But for now, yes, it is mere speculation and rumours.”

It was once stated that the 29-year-old would be interested in a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid but the current chance of something like that happening involves nothing concrete, although anything could change in the future. His age is not something that would keep United interested for a number of years, they will move onto another target if they get no joy.

During the 2019/20 season, before it was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, Jimenez has made a total of 44 appearances for Wolves, playing in the Premier League, the UEFA Europa League and the Emirates FA Cup. The Mexican has scored 22 goals and 10 assists, which is a great rate for a striker in the peak of his career.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be seeking to bring in a new striker this summer, with Odion Ighalo spending a few months with the club on loan form Shanghai Shenhua, which might end before the Premier League resumes, could see the Norwegian make a permanent move for the Nigerian, who has done well scoring four goals and one assist in eight appearances.

However, the Old Trafford club have been linked with a number of strikers already with Moussa Dembele being continually linked, but the return of names such as Wassim Ben Yedder, who was linked to the club last summer, before his move to AS Monaco, with the principality club seemingly suffering financial problems currently.

Manchester United to target Mexican winger from Napoli in £38.5 million transfer – reports

Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing Napoli and Mexico winger Hirving Lozano in a £38.5 million deal, according to reports. It is not the first time that the 24-year-old has been linked to the Old Trafford club – before he moved from PSV Eindhoven to Napoli, he was a reported target for United.

Last summer, Napoli smashed their transfer record to sign the winger from the Dutch club, paying a reported €42 million for the player, signing hims to a five-year contract. Lozano had not had the best start playing in Serie A as the player was struggling for minutes prior to the coronavirus-enforced suspension of world football.

Italian news source, Corriere dello Sport, has suggested that United are not just interested in the Mexican for his footballing ability, but for his potential marketing value too. After the club signed Javier Hernandez a decade ago, the player became a cult hero at the Old Trafford club leaving the club with many Mexican’s still supporting United.

Chicharito, as he was known, made 157 appearances for United, spending five years at the club before leaving for Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2015. The Mexican scored 59 goals, also assisting a further 20 whilst playing for United, and was a poacher of goals, one of the best players to come off the bench with United needing a goal.

This season at Napoli, Lozano, who United feel could open up the market in Mexico for the club once again, has made a total of 23 appearances, scoring three goals and two assists for the club, which is not a great return, considering the club broke their transfer record to sign him almost a year ago. This could give United a strong hand in negotiations.

Prior to moving to Italy, Lozano enjoyed his two-year spell at PSV Eindhoven, a club that United have dealt with many times in the past. The 24-year-old made a total of 79 appearances for the club, scoring 40 goals and assisting a further 23 – a total of 63 goal contributions in 79 matches, a goal or assist every 0.80 matches, which is not a bad statistic.

The Mexican, nicknamed Chucky, has played for his national side 39 times, scoring 10 goals. In the opening match for the country in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Lozano stunned Germany by scoring the only goal of the game in the 1-0 victory for the Mexican side. Lozano has achieved a lot in his short career so far and will be looking to achieve a lot more.

Whilst playing for Pachuca in his native Mexico, Lozano made 141 appearances, scoring 41 goals and a further 28 assists, winning the Liga MX Clausura and the CONCACAF Champions League at the club. Whilst at PSV, the player helped his side win the Eredivisie and whilst playing for Mexico as a youth, he helped his country to win the CONCACAF U20 Championship and the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship.

Lozano can play in many positions and this season has featured as a right-winger and a centre-forward (11 times in each position), also playing as a left-winger and a second striker. He scored two of his three goals as a centre-forward, the other as a left-winger. He might not be United’s number one priority but could be on the list somewhere.

Hirving Lozano stalls Napoli move as he has Manchester United ‘in his sights’ – but do United want to sign the Mexican?

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be boosted by the speculation that Hirving Lozano, currently of PSV Eindhoven, wants to join the Old Trafford club this summer. The winger was expected to join Napoli this week in a £40 million deal but the move has stalled, according to reports.

The report states that the 23-year-old, who has previously been linked to the Old Trafford club, has a move to the Premier League, more importantly, United, in his sights. The Dutch side was happy to allow the player to leave this summer as Napoli manager, Carlo Ancelotti made the Mexican his number one target.

There are, however, contradicting reports in Italy, this one by Il Roma, which suggests the player has been told by his agent, Mino Raiola that a move to United is not going to be an option. Raiola has apparently spoken to Ancelotti and Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentiis but the player may be wanting other things.

United signed a player from Mexico many years ago, under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson – Javier Hernandez. He became a fan favourite at the club and a household name at that. Lozano might not necessarily be wanted at United though. United has recently announced a move for Swansea City winger Daniel James, who is expected to be confirmed by the club this week with the international transfer window opening.

The Mexican will probably end up in Italy this summer, seemingly delaying his move to Napoli to see if United come calling for him. However, United need a right winger this summer although James might play in that position, although he is a left winger. Lozano is known as a left winger but during the past season, he predominantly played on the right, scoring ten goals and eight assists in that position.

The 23-year-old is contracted at PSV until the summer of 2023, since signing for the club in 2017. He ended the season with a knee injury and should be fit by the end of the month. Last season, he played a total of 40 times, scored 21 goals, assisting a further 12 goals. He averaged a goal every 154 minutes, playing a total of 3,243 minutes of football.

If Solskjaer wants the player and feels that he would make a difference to his squad, I am sure he will make attempts to sign him. However, with Raiola being keen to get him over to Napoli, not giving the player an option to sign for United, unless he has already offered the player to United and they rejected him, his future will probably be spent in Italy.

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