Wolves have issued a hands-off warning to Manchester United and Arsenal as their Premier League rivals consider a swoop for the striker. The 28-year-old is in demand after a terrific 18-month spell at the Molineux but Wolves, who boast the backing of Chinese billionaires Fosun International, are determined not to lose their top scorer.
Jimenez has scored 22 times in 44 games this season, adding 10 assists, with 13 strikes in 29 outings in the league – making up 32 per cent of his team’s 41 goals in the division.
That comes after scoring 17 times and laying on eight assists in 44 matches last term while on loan from Benfica.
Wolves then paid a club-record £30m to pen the Mexican to a four-year contract just last summer.
And given his importance to Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, who are in the last 16 of the Europa League and are even in the hunt for a Champions League spot in the Premier League, they are not willing to sell him at any price.
That’s according to the Daily Star, who claim Real Madrid even have Jimenez on their radar.
But the physical South American hitman is valued at £80million by the Midlands club and chairman Jeff She and the club’s owners will not allow him to leave.
That’s with Nuno set to be backed financially in the summer as Wolves look to bolster their current squad in their ambition to become a Champions League team.
Fosun want to make Wolves one of England’s major players and will not allow the sale of former Benfica and Atletico Madrid striker Jimenez due to their plans.
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Speaking this week, Jimenez said in a Facebook live stream: “I have a contract with Wolves until 2023.
“I don’t need to qualify for the Champions League to know I want to stay here.
“We have done great things as a team: we have qualified for the Europa League and now we are within reach of qualification for the Champions League.
“Playing the Champions League is of course an additional motivation to do your best and want to accomplish great things.
“My motivation is my family. It’s great to be always with them. Now with the baby on the way, I cannot be happier! This is also motivating me to continue giving my best.”
Wolves captain Conor Coady recently said of Jimenez: “He improves his all-round game. He’s a fantastic footballer and a huge asset for the club.
“We want to keep him here for many years.
“He’s such a good professional, and he wants to work hard every single day.
“He works on his game every day, to improve.
“He’s a sensational footballer. To have him at this club is brilliant, and hopefully we can keep him for many years.”
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