Raúl Jiménez rumoured to be close to Atlético switch
Sources within the player’s circle assume that the striker is set to join Atlético on a deal worth 11 million euros.
Several weeks ago, Atlético were considering Fernando Torres or Roberto Soldado as the candidates to complete their attack. But their search for a striker had taken a sudden, unexpected turn and the man who could partner Mario Mandzukic up front next term could well be América centre-forward, Raúl Jiménez.
From what AS has been able to gather, sources close to the player have taken it for granted that Jiménez will be at the Calderón for the new season while directors at the Mexican club seem resigned to losing him. Raúl Jiménez could fly to Madrid to complete his move before next weekend.
Atlético met América in the EuroAmerica Cup tournament last month and it is believed it was during this time that negotiations began.
The 23-year-old made his senior debut with América in 2011 and since then has scored 32 goals in 93 appearances in domestic competition. His tally in the current Torneo Apertura are impressive – four goals in just 170 minutes on-field after the first three games. He was also part of the Mexico squad which collected the gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics.
Atlético are not the only European club interested in hiring the player, Valencia and Porto have been tracking him during the summer.