A pundit has claimed that Raul Jimenez could be eager for a move to Arsenal if the opportunity came up, despite Wolves sitting three places above the Gunners.
With rumours linking Gabonese forward Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng away from North London, the rumour mill has begun to turn in finding a potential successor to last year’s Golden Boot winner.
Subsequently, the prolific Raul Jimenez has been linked to a move to the Emirates, which is hardly a huge surprise given the success he has had in England in his short time here. The 28-year-old striker has already scored 11 goals and provided six assists in his 24 games this season, and given the fact that Arsenal no longer have the clout to pickpocket players from the best teams in Europe, he has to be up there with the best they could potentially sign.
Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley – now a pundit on ESPN – spoke about the situation on an American show, and he states that even with Wolves looking a better side under Nuno Espirito Santo at the moment, it would ultimately be very difficult for the former Benfica man to turn down.
Could you see Jimenez leaving before the start of next season?
Not a chance
Yes, but it's going to cost them
He said on ESPN FC: “Arsenal are a bigger club and are potentially going to have a better team down the line depending [on] how [Mikel] Arteta does with the recruitment.
“So I think a move to Arsenal would be something that Jimenez would be interested in.”
Regardlessly, any deal which would see Jimenez leave would not be until the summer. The forward is on fire at the moment, and even if he wasn’t, the fact that the club has no obvious backup to him right now means that they simply couldn’t afford to lose him.
A lot can change in football, and with the transfer window not going to be open again for another six months, it is likely that the second half of the season will dictate whether or not there is any chance of happening in the summer.
For example, if Wolves finish in the European places again and Arsenal miss out, then it would be much harder to convince the player of joining them; if vice-versa, then perhaps not.