The Express and Star reporter Nathan Judah has placed a speculative transfer value on Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Raul Jimenez.
During the latest edition of the E&S Wolves Podcast, the journalist was posed a question over a hypothetical scenario in which one of Diogo Jota, Adama Traore or Jimenez had to be sold.
Judah straight away ruled out Jota and his decision came down to the club’s Spanish winger and Mexican striker, before he valued both of the players.
The journalist stated that Jimenez is in the “£50m to £50m-plus bracket“, however, Traore would be worth more due to being younger.
In the podcast, Judah then elaborated on this and explained that Wolves’ 29-year-old forward is in his “best years as a striker” at his current age.
The Express and Star reporter then furthered that by saying “as soon as you go past 30, your value’s coming down“.
Wolves’ Mexican striker currently has a market value of £36m, however, the Old Gold may value him higher than that, due to the fact he has three years left on his contract (per Transfermarkt).
Furthermore, Nuno Espirito Santo’s outfit paid £34.2m to seal his permanent arrival from Benfica last summer (per Transfermarkt), so the club would likely want some resale value.
Almost two seasons’ worth of experience in the Premier League would also surely bump up the 29-year-old’s value, as he has scored 26 and assisted 14 over 67 appearances in England’s top flight (per Transfermarkt).
Would you say that Raul Jimenez is worth around the £50million mark?
No, he's worth less
Yes, that's about right
No, he's worth more
The Mexican was nowhere near as prolific in the Spanish top flight, as he bagged only one goal and two assists over 21 appearances for Atletico Madrid in La Liga.
Nor was he prolific in the Liga NOS, either – with 18 goals and 11 assists in 80 appearances for Benfica.
So given that Wolves paid £34.2m for him and he has since proven that he can consistently cut it at the top level, the “£50m to £50m-plus bracket” for Jimenez seems reasonable.