Wolverhampton Wanderers are enjoying another season in the top-flight, only this time they seem to be taking to added European exploits like a duck to water.
The west Midlands club sit sixth in the Premier League while they have already advanced into the knockout stages of the Europa League with their final group game against Besiktas being merely a dead-rubber tie.
That’s one way to dispel any doubts some may have had going into the season.
Nuno Santo’s job at the club has been nothing short of impressive since he took over in the summer of 2017, guiding them to the Championship title just a year later.
With such success comes attention, and usually, subsequent interest as Wolves aren’t deemed one of the ‘big clubs’ in the Premier League.
The Portuguese chief has been linked to the Arsenal job as a result, and earlier this week an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca (via Sport Witness) has emerged surrounding the future of prolific striker Raul Jimenez.
They asked the Mexican whether a €100m (£84m) exit would provide motivation, to which he said: “if it happens, it would be an important motivation to carry out such a transfer.”
This has left fans at Molineux discussing whether or not they’d like to see him leave the club for such a monumental amount of money.
Some were against the idea…
No. €100m doesn't guarantee you'll get someone as good. Great strikers are very hard to come by.
— Tom Wollam (@DonWollamino) December 10, 2019
NO! He is so valuble to our team money can’t buy!
— Porta1987 (@twitchPorta1987) December 10, 2019
If the money went into my bank, yes, otherwise no.
— Paul C (@pablowolfo) December 10, 2019
I don’t think I would take 100 mill for him. I don’t see us getting a like for like replacement. He’s a complete forward.
— Boot (@bootdj) December 10, 2019
No. First you’d have to find a replacement, and second without his goals, we’d lose £150m per season in the championship. We’re also trying to build a team, not dismantle it.
— Ian Jewkes (@jewkesyno4) December 10, 2019
A recurring reason stated was the fact that the club would have to find a replacement with another believing that great strikers are hard to come by. One fan even joked that unless the money was going into his own bank, he wasn’t interested.
Jimenez is in red hot form this season, scoring 15 and assisting seven in all competitions, per Transfermarkt.
However, it appears that many supporters would still welcome such a deal for the 28-year-old forward despite his vastly important role in Nuno’s team.
That’s why you don’t run a football club. £65m profit on one player in 1 year. Fosun would be laughing to the bank I think.
— Matt Flavell (@matthewflavell) December 10, 2019
Yeah that’s ridiculous. Great player but 100m
— david ellerton (@davidellerton) December 10, 2019
Absolutely, only thing we need to keep is Nuno and his backroom staff they are irreplaceable.
— Stu Owen (@stu00763) December 10, 2019
Yes no brainer even though I like him 100mill is a hell of a lot of money
— james (@jrs89wwfc) December 10, 2019
100%. Love Raul and think he is an outstanding player. But we can’t be turning down £100m for any player. We can get 3/4 top class signings to strengthen the whole squad with that sort of money
— Lee Smith (@Cart78) December 10, 2019
Can’t be serious, 100 million for a wolves player of course we would! He’s amazing but cmon
— Samuel Jackson 🌯 (@SamKJay) December 10, 2019
Yeah, we have Cutrone plus €100m to spend on another player, business is business
— David Ashley (@Dave_stafford) December 10, 2019
Yeah. Love the bloke so much but 100 million for someone who is 29 next year I'd snap your hand off. https://t.co/EzNjw3u9zJ
— Cam (@CamSmithWWFC) December 10, 2019
Even though many labelled Jimenez as ‘outstanding’ and ‘amazing,’ they believed that every player has a price and in this case, if a club were to offer such a substantial amount for him, then they’d willingly want it accepted.
One member of the old gold faithful claimed Wolves could sign three of four ‘world class’ players with that sort of fee while another stated that only their manager, Nuno, and his backroom staff are irreplaceable.
A further fan went as far as saying that Fosun would be laughing to the bank over such a figure.
It remains to be seen whether there’s any genuine interest, but Jimenez’s comments make for interesting reading nonetheless. There’s no denying he’s an integral part of their plans, currently.