Benfica striker Raul Jimenez has admitted that he would be open to a move to the Premier League after being linked with Liverpool and West Ham in recent days, and has opted against ‘closing any doors’ as his future becomes the topic of increased speculation.
Portuguese outlet A Bola claimed over the weekend that Jimenez is expecting to receive a substantial ‘financial offer’ from an unspecified English club this summer.
Mexican international, who is Benfica’s most expensive ever player at €21.8m.
“The Premier League is a great league, but you have to wait,” came Jimenez’s response to questions about a possible transfer when he was quizzed by ESPN shortly after Mexico’s third place playoff against Portugal in the Confederations Cup – a game in which he was sent off.
“I don’t close any doors and we’ll see what happens. I’m still at Benfica. Now, I’m going to have a good vacation then go back to work with everything,” he added.
“I saw the [transfer rumour] came out but I don’t know anything. I was concentrating on the national team. I have a date to return to Benfica, to join the pre-season games and I’m in the club’s hands.”
Jimenez, who recently celebrated his 26th birthday, arrived in Europe from Mexican heavyweight Club America in 2014. He spent a single unsuccessful season with Atletico Madrid before joining Benfica, for whom he has scored 23 goals in two years after being limited by injury.
It remains to be seen how serious Liverpool’s alleged interest is after already adding Mohamed Salah to a front line that already includes Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi, but West Ham have been desperate for a new striker for two years.
The offer of €45m is likely to appease Benfica, according to the report, as the player featured mainly as a substitute behind more established first-team stars Kostas Mitroglou, Jonas and Pizzi.