Benfica's Raul Jimenez completes permanent move to Wolves
Benfica's Raul Jimenez has made his loan move to Wolverhampton Wanderers permanent for a fee in the region of 35 million euros.
As has been widely expected for many weeks now, Wolves have taken up their option to sign the Mexican international on a permanent deal after the striker has continued to impress.
The 27-year old has previously made no secret about his desire to stay with the Premier League club permanently, having been their main man for Wolves all season, with almost everything in an attacking sense going through the 71-time Mexico international.
Indeed, Wolves look a very different, and far poorer, side when Jimenez isn't in the starting lineup, and he has become an instrumental element in Nuno Espirito Santo's plans.
He has also forged a terrific partnership with Diogo Jota up front, their link-up play in the second half of the season crucial in helping Wolves maintain a 7th place position in the league.
In an interview with Sport TV back in January, Jimenez made his feelings known about staying at Wolverhampton Wanderers beyond the current campaign, saying: “I am happy in England, things are going well and I hope that Wolves buy me permanently, now or at the end of the season."
That aspiration has become a reality, the former Atletico Madrid forward signing a long-term contract with the English club.
Jimenez has contributed a total of 12 goals and 8 assists in 32 Premier League outings, a better overall return than the likes of Robert Firmino, Romelu Lukaku and Sadio Mané.
Jimenez was Benfica’s most expensive player in history, signing for the Lisbon club for a total of 22 million euros, meaning Benfica have made a good profit on a player they only ever used as a super sub.
The deal also takes the pressure off the club to sell more players this summer, with young talents such as João Felix and Gedson Fernandes linked with high-profile moves away from Benfica in the upcoming transfer window.