Former Arsenal midfielder and now television pundit Paul Merson has urged Tottenham to target Wolves striker Raul Jimenez – if Harry Kane leaves this summer.
Speculation continues to surround Kane’s future, with talk of a move to reigning Premier League champions Manchester City refusing to go away.
The Citizens would likely have to fork out something in the region of £160million for Tottenham’s footballing director Fabio Paratici and Daniel Levy to even consider talks of letting his prolific frontman leave north London this summer, given he still has three years remaining on his current deal.
Furthermore, Merson has suggested that Jimenez could be the perfect ready-made replacement if Kane is to leave this summer, admitting he has been left bemused that none of the so-called ‘bis six’ have made a move for the Mexico international in the past.
“Raul Jimenez is one of the best strikers on offer at the moment and is the most underrated player in the Premier League,” Merson told Sportskeeda.
“I’m shocked that the big six have not made a note of his abilities. Jimenez has propelled Wolves to a mid-table finish and his side struggled in his absence this year.
“Wolves suffered devastating defeats to the likes of Burnley last season and nearly lost their place in the Premier League.
“The centre-forward could also bring the best out of Heung-Min Son and make him look like one of the best in the Premier League.”
A deal for the 30-year-old could be made easier given his affinity to newly-appointed Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo.
The pair spent three years together at Wolves, with Jimenez notching 48 goals and 18 assists across 118 games with the West Midlands club.
The Portuguese coach has been nothing but positive when discussing Jimenez in the past, citing the veteran striker’s hard work as one of his most standout talents.
“He has been working very hard and he is a special player,” Espirito Santo said in June 2020.
“His motivation is to improve, he has broken the club record (most goals in a Premier League season) and he is challenging himself, again and again, every day.
“He has improved in a lot of things, I cannot be specific with one, but if you asked me the other way around there is also a lot of room to improve. He can be better.”
The former Benfica frontman spent the better part of seven months on the sidelines last term after suffering from a fractured skull following a clash of heads with former Arsenal defender David Luiz in November of last year.
However, he returned to action earlier this month, having played in Wolves’ two most recent pre-season friendlies against Real Betis and Crewe Alexandra.
Do you want an exclusive pre-season Spurs preview – both in your inbox and through your letterbox? Head over here to find out more and secure your copy!
Source by Football London