Manchester United have apparently been given the go-ahead to sign Raul Jimenez because Wolves have started planning for life without the Mexican forward.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side missed out on European football next year after finishing seventh in the Premier League table.
That could mean a number of their stars may be more tempted to jump ship this summer.
Reports in Portugal have suggested that United are considering a swoop for the 29-year-old, who scored 27 goals across all competitions this season.
Transfer expert Duncan Castles has explained why Wolves have given their top scorer the green light to leave.
“I think Wolves have been quite open about this with Jimenez for some time now. They are ready to let the player leave in their transfer demands can be satisfied,” Castles told the Transfer Window podcast.
“He can go to a bigger club as he has established himself as one of the top Premier League strikers.
“He has done extremely well in European competitions and is 29 years of age so if Manchester United or Juventus, who are pushing far harder for the player at present, come up with the right offer they will sell him and allow him to move on.
“Manchester United’s interest dates back quite some far for a centre-forward.
“They looked for one in the January transfer window but I am told they are not active on that at present.
“They are not ruling out the possibility that they will reinitiate their interest in this window but they are not in the negotiation process with them either.”
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made it no secret that he wants to bring in a new No 9 to challenge Anthony Martial for a starting spot.
And if the Mexican completes a switch then Wolves want two men to replace him.
“Wolves are preparing for his exit and they are in the market for two strikers should Raul Jimenez leave,” Castles added.
“One of those players has been mentioned in the Portuguese press this week in Paulinho of Braga.
“Braga have him for three more years but a fee of 30million euros is dotted.
“But I don’t think it is as far along as has been mooted. My information is do not expect that deal to be completed in the coming week.
“He is of interest and could be one of two strikers they want to replace Raul Jimenez.”
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