Former Leeds player and pundit Noel Whelan has backed Wolves’ Raul Jimenez to be able to perform at the level of Real Madrid if he was to leave the club.
While speaking to Football Insider, questions were raised to the pundit about the latest rumours linking the player to a move to Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid.
Reports from Don Balon suggest that he wants the Mexico international as a potential player to play alongside Karim Benzema, allowing Mariano to leave the club, and Luka Jovic to go out on loan and get some more football on his belt while he’s not considered good enough to start regularly for Real.
When speaking to Football Insider, Whelan was asked whether or not he thinks Jimenez has what it takes to do it at a club such as Real Madrid, to which he thinks he can.
He said: “When you see the goals and the assists he has come up with this season – yes.”
After that, the pundit went on further to suggest a fee for the forward, one in which that Wolves fans will like the sound of, but Real Madrid maybe not.
“They are a giant of a club and I am sure it will whet the appetite of any player when you get linked with a Real Madrid or Barcelona. But, it is going to take a lot of money to prize him away if that is the case. They will be demanding around the £80-90million mark.”, he added.
“That is what he has done for Wolves, that is what he has done for himself. He has demanded that price tag and if Wolves do let him go it will be for no less than that. They will be demanding a lot of money.”
Is Raul Jimenez good enough for Real Madrid?
No he's not
It’s going to be a hard job for Wolves to keep hold of their star man in the summer window, especially considering that he has left his options open to a return to La Liga in the past, as suggested by his quotes here in the Shropshire Star, saying that he “would like to come back”.
From 44 games already this season, he has managed to score 22 times as well as assist 10 times, so with 32 goal contributions already thus far, it makes sense why some of Europe’s best are after him – especially given Wolves are competing towards the top of the Premier League and in Europe this season.
The Mexican joined for a fee of £34m, according to Transfermarkt, and if those big sides seriously want to get him away from Wolverhampton, then a fee of around £80-90m sounds pretty realistic given they have absolutely no need to sell.