Wolves can put less strain on Jimenez if they land Joelinton

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According to a report from German publication Kicker, Wolves are showing an interest in Hoffenheim forward Joelinton.

What’s the word?

Wolves have been extremely slow on the transfer front this summer with no new arrivals walking through the doors of Molineux as of yet.

There have been departures with Helder Costa leaving for Leeds whilst managing director Laurie Dalrymple has even been sacked.

However, there could finally be some movement in terms of incomings after their interest in Joelinton was revealed by Kicker.

The 22-year-old has also attracted the interest of Newcastle this summer too with multiple reports claiming they were eyeing up a deal.

Earlier this summer, The Mirror suggested he could cost the Magpies £30m but The Northern Echo have reported it might actually be in the region of £40m.

Jimenez burnout

Raul Jimenez has recently just concluded an arduous season which climaxed with victory for Mexico in the Gold Cup final.

Nuno Santo has already admitted that he’ll have two weeks off after his spell away on international duty, saying it would be a big mistake to rush him back.

After all, Jimenez featured 44 times last term for Wolves, as well as playing his part for his country in recent weeks.

And with that in mind, the Midlands club are likely to need someone to take the strain off of him, particularly with a season in the Europa League looming.

That player could well be Joelinton.

Like his potential new teammate, the Hoffenheim forward is excellent both in front of goal and at providing opportunities for his teammates.

The Brazilian scored six fewer goals than Jimenez but he managed nine assists in less matches. The Mexican laid on eight.

So with that in mind, he seems like the perfect player to lessen the burden of their 17-goal man from last season.

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Joelinton appears to be an exciting and dynamic forward, winning 2.3 aerial duels per game in 2018/19, as well as completing 1.7 dribbles every 90 minutes.

A potential price tag of between £30m-£40m sounds alarming, but considering his record in the Bundesliga last season and his age, he could be a worthwhile investment.

If it helps to reduce burnout on one of the star men as well, it would be a smart decision to sign him.