October 18, 2022
Chelsea could bring ‘clinical’ £30m striker to Stamford Bridge

If Chelsea bring in Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Raul Jimenez this summer then it would be a ‘sense signing’, according to talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook.

The 31-year-old has been linked with an exit from Molineux in recent weeks after struggling for form this season and could be a target for the Blues.

What is the latest news regarding Jimenez?

Jimenez arrived at Wolves on a first season loan deal from Benfica in July 2018, and after registering 17 goals and eight assists in 44 appearances in all competitions, his move was made permanent for £30 million.

The Mexico international then took his game to new heights the following campaign, finding the back of the net 27 times while netting a further 10 strikes in 55 outings.

However, Jimenez suffered a horrific fractured skull injury in November 2020, and although he thankfully made a full recovery and returned to action, he hasn’t been able to return to his best form since.

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Despite being Wolves’ top scorer this season, the 6ft3 ace has still only scored six goals and has now reportedly been made available for transfer by his manager Bruno Lage.

According to Crook himself, Wolves are “open to offers” for Jimenez and are said to be willing to accept offers of around £15m with a Spain connection potentially on the cards.

What did Crook say about Jimenez?

While Crook said Jimenez will ‘probably go abroad’ this summer, he refused to rule out the possibility of the striker joining Chelsea.

He told GiveMeSport: “Hell probably go overseas, but if you look at Chelsea, for example, if they’re looking for a centre-forward to come and compliment what they’ve got, and someone who’s available at a lower cost and knows the league, then that could be quite a sensible signing for them.

“So I definitely wouldn’t rule that out.”

Do Chelsea need another striker?

Chelsea forked out a club-record fee to bring Romelu Lukaku back to the club last summer, allowing Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud to leave.

Still, things haven’t gone to plan for the Belgium international, who registered a disappointing 15 strikes and two assists in 43 games throughout the 2021/22 season.

Adding some extra firepower to his forward line may therefore be high on Thomas Tuchel’s wishlist, but the uncertainty of Chelsea ownership may make his transfer plans rather complicated.

If the German tactician is on a tight budget then Jimenez, who was branded a ‘clinic’ by Alan Shearer in February, could be a viable option for Chelsea as they look to provide cover and competition at Lukaku.

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