Wolves Join Chase For Champions League Striker As Raul Jimenez Sends Message

Wolverhampton Wanderers have reportedly ‘submitted an offer’ for Porto striker Moussa Marega.

According to reports in France Wolves have made an offer for Marega, who has a €40million release clause, via super-agent Jorge Mendes.

Marega is also said to be on Aston Villa’s radar with plans in place at Villa Park to attract high quality players if the club wins promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs.

The claret and blues are believed to have been tracking Marega last season in preparation for their return to the Premier League.

Raul Jimenez’s goals contribution for Wolverhampton Wanderers this season has caught the eye of many from outside of Molineux, writes Joe Chapman.

For the Mexican forward, though, he is simply happy to be back playing regularly.

Jimenez, who has become the club’s record transfer ahead of the summer window after agreeing to make his loan switch a permanent arrangement, has scored 17 goals in all competitions this season, including 13 Premier League goals.

It’s a far cry from his previous spells at Atletico Madrid and Benfica; Jimenez started just four La Liga matches in a season as he fought with Mario Mandzukic and Fernando Torres for a place in the Spanish capital.

In Portugal, Jimenez made 80 league appearances in three years – but 60 of them were from the bench.

At Molineux, it’s a different story; the 27-year-old is very much Nuno Espirito Santo’s talisman, proving his worth as the season has wore on and striking up a useful relationship with Diogo Jota.

It’s been such a fruitful season for Jimenez individually, that he considers it his best since leaving his native Mexico.

“It was very good in terms of minutes played because the three years I was at Benfica, I was starting, then got some injuries and when I returned the strikers were scoring goals so it was difficult to get in the starting eleven again, but when I come to the pitch as a substitute I always try to make my best with some assists,” he said.

“This year I think in terms of playing, in terms of goals it was my first year here in Europe and I just want to say thanks to all the people here in Wolverhampton that make me feel at home, and the coach, my teammates and all the staff that are always with you, this season was amazing.”

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