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Wolverhampton Wanderers confirm signing of Benfica striker Raul Jiminez on season-long loan

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The Mexico international, who is currently in Russia with the national side, is a powerful and pacy centre-forward

Wolverhampton Wanderers have begun strengthening their squad ahead of a return to the Premier League by signing Benfica forward Raul Jimenez.

The 27-year-old Mexico international will move to Molineux on a season-long loan subject to him obtaining a work permit and international clearance, the club confirmed.

Jiminez in action for the Mexico national team

Jimenez, who has scored 14 goals in 62 international appearances, is part of Mexico’s World Cup squad in Russia.

He scored 31 times in 120 appearances for Benfica, averaging a goal or assist every 75 minutes in last season’s Primeira Liga-winning campaign.

Jimenez previously played for boyhood side Club America before moving to Atletico Madrid for the 2014-15 season.

The combative frontman also won gold whilst representing his country at the London 2012 Olympics, and will wear the No.9 shirt at the World Cup in Russia this summer, where he is expected to play a part in group stage fixtures against Germany, South Korea and Sweden.

Jiminez in action against Manchester United star Nemanja Matic

Jiminez in action against Manchester United star Nemanja Matic

Wolves will be hoping to add further reinforcements to their ranks after returning to the Premier League for the first time in six years.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s men finished as winners of the Championship last season, seeing off all other rivals at a canter.



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