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Raul Jimenez backed to complete Man Utd transfer if Wolves cannot meet one criteria

Manchester United have been linked with a move for Wolves forward Raul Jimenez this summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer searches for someone who can challenge Anthony Martial for a starting spot.

Jimenez has attracted interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs after netting 27 goals across all competitions this term.

If Wolves fail to win the Europa League over the next fortnight then it will leave them without European football for the 2020/21 campaign.

That could lead to a number of their star’s wanting to move on and former Premier League defender Joleon Lescott would understand if Jimenez was to go.

The ex-Manchester City centre-back has tipped the Mexican to join a team which will be challenging for trophies.

And that is United’s plan next year as they are expected to splash the cash on Jadon Sancho this window.

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“Raul Jimenez has taken the Premier League by storm and has proven to be one of the best strikers in England,” Lescott told Football Index.

“He has everything you need from a traditional striker with his work-rate and goal contribution.

“It would be a huge void to fill if Raul Jimenez were to leave Wolves and it would be a massive loss, but he deserves clubs you expect to see winning silverware to be interested.

“He has been the player I’ve been most impressed with at Wolves this season.”

Another star who has been linked with leaving Molineux this summer is powerful winger Adama Traore.

Manchester City and Liverpool are among the clubs thought to be considering a swoop for the former Barcelona ace.

“Adama Traore has the ability to play for any side in club football,” Lescott said.

“Traore could easily play for a Manchester City or Liverpool. I have never seen such speed and strength on a football pitch before.

“Before this season, there were question marks over his game management and his final product, but he has really improved over the last 12 months. Traore has simplified his game and has taken his foot off the pedal.

“He used to sprint at his absolute fastest to beat defenders which meant he had no time to deliver a telling cross or shot.

“He now beats defenders only running at 80% which has given him that extra bit of time he needs to make the position count with a goal or assist. He was a star in the Premier League this season.”

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