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Man Utd could miss out on transfer due to Cristiano Ronaldo and Jorge Mendes


Manchester United have been linked with a swoop for Wolves striker Raul Jimenez this summer but could miss out on the 29-year-old, with Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly keen on linking up with him at Juventus.

Both players are represented by agent Jorge Mendes and Italian outlet Tuttosport are reporting that he could make the move happen.

Juventus may have just changed managers, with Andrea Pirlo replacing Maurizio Sarri, but their need to replace Gonzalo Higuain remains.

The Argentinian’s deal is due to expire next summer and he is expected to leave the club, with the report citing Jimenez and Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik as Juventus’ top targets to replace him.

It also claims it is ‘clear’ that Jimenez will not be staying at Molineux next season and Mendes is negotiating a loan move with an obligation to buy.

However, Portuguese publication Record reported earlier this month that Jimenez was happy to stay, with a source saying: “Raul is happy in Wolverhampton and wouldn’t like to leave. As far as I’ve talked to him, he says he doesn’t come out.

“But it’s true that there is interest from great teams and for a great offer everything can happen.”

Wolves legend John Richards recently branded the forward “priceless” and urged the club to keep him no matter what, praising his finishing in an interview with the Express and Star.

“It’s priceless. There’s a lot of work being done by the team as a whole, but sometimes you only get one or two slight chances.

“Most strikers probably will not take those, but when you’ve got somebody of that class, like Raul, you know he’s likely to pop them in.

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