Everton offered chance to sign £45m-valued striker from Euro giants - report
By Harvey Byrne
Everton have been offered the chance to sign striker Raul Jimenez from European giants Benfica, according to a report.
The Daily Mail have claimed on their website that the 36-time Portuguese top-flight winners are open to letting the 26-year-old forward leave this summer and have even offered him to the Toffees.
However, it is also said that the 57-time capped Mexico international is valued as highly as £45million, which would match the club’s current transfer record which saw Gylfi Sigurdsson make the move across from Swansea earlier this summer.
It is reported by the Mail that Everton want a physical presence in their line-up after the sale of former star Romelu Lukaku earlier in the summer to Manchester United.
Ronald Koeman’s side have since replaced the powerful Belgian with Wayne Rooney and Sandro Ramirez, but the Toffees could now be looking at Jimenez, who bagged 11 times in 32 matches in all competitions last season.
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Koeman has previously found success in playing a powerful frontman up top with Italian Graziano Pelle at Southampton. He could now be looking for a forward of a similar style to play upfront, as the Dutchman likes to have strikers who bring different qualities in his squad. Jimenez isn’t known for being a prolific goalscorer and certainly is not worth £45million. However, he can bring something missing to the Everton front line and if the Toffees are able to negotiate a cheaper price then they should definitely push forward with it before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees have made a decision on the future of this 27-year-old Spaniard.