Fulham’s star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is pushing for a move to Al Hilal. This transfer saga has put Fulham in an unfortunate spot where they now have to search for a replacement for Mitrovic. While Mitrovic’s transfer is still in the early stages, a replacement for the Serbian striker is nearly complete. Fabrizio Romano reports that Fulham are close to signing Raul Jimenez. Both Wolves and Fulham have shaken hands on a fee for the Mexican international at £5.5m. Romano states that a medical for Raul Jimenez will take place sometime next week. Jimenez has already left Wolves training camp, all but confirming a move to Craven Cottage is imminent.
Raul Jimenez comes as a bit of a surprise target. While once a phenomenal centre-forward in the Premier League, Jimenez has struggled immensely to regain form following his head injury in 2020. Even this past season, Jimenez struggled with injuries that made him unavailable quite often. At such a low transfer fee, it feels like a low-risk move for Fulham complete, regardless of what Jimenez might do.
In his first season at Wolves, Raul Jimenez netted 13 goals in 38 Premier League matches which saw the club finish in a Europa League Qualifying spot. The following season saw Jimenez bag an astounding 28 goals across all competitions, including goals that qualified Wolves for the Europa League group stage. If Jimenez can even come anywhere close to this form, it could be an absolute bargain of a transfer.
Perhaps Raul Jimenez’s departure from Wolves this summer was inevitable. With Sasa Kalajdzic returning from injury, Fabio Silva coming back from loan, and Matheus Cunha joining permanently, Raul is the odd one out.
Speaking of Premier League veteran forwards, Fulham is also bringing back Willian, fending off interest from Nottingham Forest, as The Top Flight had reported.