Atletico Madrid complete €10 million Jimenez deal
The 23-year-old striker’s move has been made official as Diego Simeone further bolsters his attack ahead of the new season
Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of Club America striker Raul Jimenez on a six-year deal for a fee in the region of €10 million.
Diego Simeone has already brought Mario Mandzukic to the club in the wake of Diego Costa’s departure to Chelsea and has now added further bolstered his attack.
The 23-year-old was part of Mexico’s World Cup squad and has signed a six-year-deal in Spain, with his now former employers confirming the deal over Twitter.
“Raul Jimenez is an Atletico Madrid player,” read a tweet from America. “Extend your wings and fly high.”
Nuestro #OrgulloÁguila @Raul_Jimenez9 es nuevo jugador de @Atleti ¡Extiende tus alas y vuela muy alto! pic.twitter.com/944Fek95O9
— Club América (@CF_America) August 13, 2014
Atletico’s sporting director Jose Luis Perez Caminero added his thoughts on the acquisiton and feels the striker will be the final piece of his side’s striking jigsaw.
“Raul Jimenez is a player with enormous promise and will complete our offensive line,” he said in a news release.
“He has a lot of desire to succeed in his leap to European football and his hope is that he will adapt quickly to our league.”
Jimenez made his Liga MX debut in October 2011 and has since gone on to become one of the brightest young stars in the league.
He was part of the Mexico squad that won the Olympic gold medal in London 2012 and was used as a substitute by El Tri at the recent World Cup, playing six minutes in the team’s 0-0 draw with Brazil.
He leaves Liga MX as the leading scorer in the Apertura, which is into just its fourth week, after scoring against Tijuana in week two and notching a hat-trick against Pumas a week later.