Manchester United sent ‘imperative’ message about Raul Jimenez transfer
Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Raul Jimenez could help transform Manchester United into trophy winners if he moves to Old Trafford this summer.
That’s the view of pundit Robbie Savage, who believes a new forward should be a ‘top priority’ for United in the transfer window.
Jimenez has long been linked with an exit from Molineux having scored regularly since his arrival from Benfica.
His 27 goals across all competitions put him among the most prolific marksmen in Europe’s top five leagues this term, following on from a debut campaign in which he found the net 17 times.
“If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to end the famine, he needs ruthlessness in the box – and, for me, that means going all-out to land the striker and the leader who will bring home the silverware,” Savage wrote in his column for the Mirror.
“United have already spent more than £500million on new players in the last four years. Now it’s imperative that they spend the next transfer pot wisely.
“But to take that next step – to the title, to cups, in Europe – they need someone to take their chances. Someone like Harry Kane or Raul Jimenez.
“United should have won the Europa League. They were the best team left in the competition at the semi-final stage, and they missed a trick against Sevilla.
“At the end of a long season, the facts speak for themselves. United reached three semi-finals and finished third in the Premier League. In other words, serious contenders in every competition – but winners in none.
“Add two marquee signings to this group and they will turn near misses into trophies.
“Whatever happens in United’s pursuit of England’s rising star Jadon Sancho – and Borussia Dortmund are playing hard-ball over both the £108million asking price and the player’s availability in this window – I believe their top priority is a world-class centre-forward.
“Between them, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood (62 goals) scored more than Liverpool’s front three (Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, 57 goals) in all competitions last season.
“But to ask 18-year-old Greenwood, who was a revelation in his first season, to play the No.9 role would be too much pressure on a young kid.
“If I were in Solskjaer and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward’s shoes, I would throw 100 per cent of my efforts at signing a top, top striker in this window – preferably Kane or Jimenez.
“Sancho is a fantastic talent, and one way or another I suspect he may well end up at Old Trafford. But right now, United’s greatest need is for ruthlessness in both boxes.
“That means a proven goalscorer who would have buried those chances against Sevilla, and other games where United became too reliant on Bruno Fernandes penalties, to make the difference.”