The Guardian journalist Fabrizio Romano has backed up Wolves striker Raul Jimenez’s claim that he was approached by Manchester United and Juventus in the summer.
The Mexican international has said he did get offers from the two clubs before the transfer window closed in October but neither team managed to match his asking price:
“One day I woke up and Juventus wanted me, another Manchester United and what I know is that there were approaches made. But an agreement was never reached and nothing was close. I’m very happy at Wolves.”
Romano has written a piece for Calciomercato.com revealing why neither United nor Juve managed to seal a deal for Jimenez. Wolves demanded €80m (£72m), which was “fixed amount with no discounts”.
That means that United would have had to pay the fee in full, with no instalments or add-ons; something that in the current financial climate the Red Devils are reportedly unwilling to do.
United did sign another striker, in Edinson Cavani, before deadline day and, with the Uruguayan joining on a free transfer, it appears the Manchester club weren’t willing to shell out big for a new striker.