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Arteta keen on Wolves star Raul Jimenez

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has identified the in-demand Wolves goal-machine Raul Jimenez as a perfect attacking addition to his squad.

Jimenez has been nothing short of outstanding ever since joining Wolves from Benfica in summer 2018.

After a prolific first season in the Premier League, where he clocked up 13 goals and eight assists in 38 appearances, the 29-year-old striker has carried his predatory form into 2019/20.

Indeed, 26 goals and ten assists in 52 matches across all competitions this term only show how talismanic Jimenez can be when he is at the top of his play.

The Mexican’s impressive performances for Wolves have not gone unnoticed, with Manchester United, Bayern Munich, and Juventus all showing interest in acquiring his services.

According to Birmingham Mail, Arsenal have now joined the race for the highly-rated striker as Mikel Arteta prepares for life after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gunners skipper has been reluctant to extend his contract so far and could be on his way out of the Emirates in the summer.

With the veil of uncertainty surrounding Aubameyang’s future in north London, Arteta wants to make sure to have his attacking options covered ahead of the new season.

Jimenez ticks many of the boxes for a type of player the Spanish manager looks to recruit, but Wolves’ demands represent a huge obstacle.

The Wanderers splashed out £32.6 million to sign the Mexico international permanently last summer and will be looking to double that figure, at least.

Jimenez has three years left on his contract at the Molineux, which also puts Wolverhampton in a strong bargaining position.