Raúl Jimenez’s future seems to be in Lisbon. His loan move to West Ham was agreed and the player had received his work permit to play in London for a season with the Premier League club.
However, at the last minute the player entered into negotiations with Benfica and Jorge Mendes, the player’s agent, has recommended that option. The Mexican striker had already committed to West Ham on Friday but did not appear to take his medical. The Times reported today, Sunday, that the Atlético Madrid player made contact with the English club’s management team and told them he had missed his flight to the English capital because he had overslept.
Benfica have therefore emerged as favourites for the player. The Lisbon club are set to acquire 50 per cent of the player’s rights for €3 million and share the player’s salary with Atlético. The Portuguese club would only pay €1 million for the signing.
The option to join West Ham included a season-long loan deal for €2 million. Jiménez joined Atletico last season but never managed to break into to Diego Simeone’s starting line-up. The striker has not played a minute for Atleti over the pre-season.