Ilkay Gundogan has said Wolverhampton Wanderers star Raul Jimenez could make the cut at Manchester City and compared the striker to former team-mate Robert Lewandowski.
Jimenez, 28, scored a career-high 22 goals in all competitions this season (13 in the Premier League) after joining Wolves on permanent terms for a club-record £30 million in April 2019.
Gundogan—who spent three seasons playing alongside Bayern Munich frontman Lewandowski at Borussia Dortmund—told ESPN he “can imagine” Jimenez at a club like City if he were to leave Molineux:
"I think he has everything a world-class striker needs. For a striker he is so mobile, but also physically so good and talented technically on the ball. I can imagine him playing with us."
Lewandowski, 31, is largely regarded as one of the best strikers in modern history, having scored 230 goals in 275 appearances for Bayern and winning the Bundesliga’s Golden Boot award on four occasions.
It’s a high compliment from Gundogan to believe Jimenez could settle so seamlessly at City, who have one eye fixed on the future of Sergio Aguero as he enters the final year of his contract in Manchester.
Jimenez first joined Wolves on loan from Benfica in June 2018, and the former Atletico Madrid flop has found his home in the Premier League.
The Mexico attacker boasts an imposing frame at 6’3” and would offer City a type of striking presence they haven’t had for some years. He’s continued his exploits in the UEFA Europa League for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, but Pep Guardiola is the one he’d have to convince:
Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus is in place to take over as Aguero’s heir when the City legend finally does move on from the club, though there’s no doubt he’ll need aid filling his boots in the long-term.