Raul Jimenez is top target for newly-promoted Premier League side

Raul Jimenez could be playing in the Premier League next season according to reports in Portugal.

The O Jogo newspaper frontpage says newly-promoted Wolves are keen on his services. Wolves won the Championship at a canter, beating second-place Cardiff by nine points.

The former Club America striker moved to Atletico Madrid after the World Cup in 2014, but he has spent the last three seasons at Benfica.

Throughout his time in Lisbon, the 27-year-old has struggled to break into the first XI. He has started just 20 league matches, with the rest of his 80 appearances coming off the substitute’s bench.

He scored seven goals in all competitions in the last campaign, but couldn’t find the net in any of his three Champions League starts against Manchester United (twice) and Basel.

Sadly, Jimenez is unlikely to find playing time any easier to find next season after Benfica confirmed the capture of former Pumas striker, Nico Castillo. Whether or not the Wolves move materializes, it looks increasingly likely that his future lies away from the Estádio da Luz.

Juan Carlos Osorio has picked the player in Mexico’s 23-man squad for the upcoming World Cup in Russia, though he is unlikely to be given a starting berth.

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