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Cristiano Ronaldo ‘urges Juventus to sign Raul Jimenez this summer before Manchester United do’

Cristiano Ronaldo wants Juventus to sign Wolves striker Raul Jimenez this summer, according to Gazetta dello Sport. 

Jimenez is reportedly ‘on his way’ to Manchester United after reports in Portugal suggest Wolves have signed the man expected to be the Mexican striker’s replacement. 

Jimenez has continued his excellent form into his second season in England, having signed on a permanent deal from Benfica for £32m last summer. The 29-year-old has scored 26 goals in 53 appearances this campaign.

The Mexico international has long been linked with a move to one of Europe’s top clubs this summer, with Manchester United keen on bolstering their attacking options by adding Jimenez to their ranks. 

And Portuguese broadcaster RTP claims that Jimenez will join Manchester United now that Wolves have signed his replacement – SC Braga striker Paulinho. 

The Portuguese striker has had a phenomenal season, scoring 25 goals and providing nine assists in 48 outings across all competitions, and Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have reportedly agreed a £27m deal to bring the hitman to the Black Country.

The report adds that Paulinho is the direct replacement for Jimenez, with Old Trafford his next destination. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to be in the market for a striker to support Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood as United return to the Champions League.

The trio have been in great form since the Premier League restart, but Solskjaer is wary that injuries could derail their efforts to close the gap on arch rivals City and Liverpool. 

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