Following Wolves’ promotion to the Premier League, Raul Jimenez has arguably been the stand-out performer for the side over the course of these couple of seasons.
His first campaign in English football saw him net an impressive 17 times across all competitions, and despite it only being March right now, he has already bettered that total this year – the Mexican finds himself with 22 goals to his name.
He has been a big reason behind Nuno Espirito Santo’s side being in the Europa League this year, and a real catalyst for their push for a shock Champions League spot for next season (Wolves find themselves just five points off the top four).
Given how he has performed for them since joining, it’s little surprise to see players like Conor Coady admitting that they hoped Jimenez could be kept “for many years“.
But reports back in January suggested that Manchester United were interested in luring Jimenez away from Molineux, and whilst no move materialised, his performances are unlikely to end any interest across Europe.
The striker himself opened the door to the possibility of him leaving Wolves, by revealing that despite having a long-term contract, he is always open to everything.
And whilst it may not prove to be the most popular conversation to have, Fosun may well be tempted to cash in on Jimenez this summer. Valued at £45m by Transfermarkt, the Mexican appears to be in the prime of his goal-scoring career, but will turn 29 in a couple of months time, meaning that the time to get top-dollar for him continues to dwindle.
If clubs continue to circle around him, the likes of Atletico Madrid and United included, then it may present the perfect opportunity for Wolves to initiate a bidding war and get the possible price for Jimenez to sky-rocket.
Losing the Mexican would no doubt be a bitter blow, but financially speaking, it would net Fosun a ton of money that could then be potentially reinvested as Nuno desires. It would be a gut-wrenching decision, but one that Wolves should perhaps consider sooner rather than later. Striking while the iron is hot could land them the kind of windfall that could spark a major spending spree.