Several European teams are currently eyeing Feyenoord striker Santiago Gimenez after a standout first season with the Eredivisie club.
In England, Leicester, Aston Villa, Brentford, Brighton and Crystal Palace stand among those keeping a close eye on Gimenez in the last couple of weeks, sources close to 90min can confirm.
Clubs in France, Italy and Germany remain interested as well, specifically Lille, Frankfurt and Napoli.
Gimenez adjusted quickly to the Dutch league, scoring 21 goals so far this season in all competitions. But it’s his recent form – eight goals in his last 10 appearances and scoring in six consecutive Eredivisie away games – that has attracted European giants.
The consensus between certain teams hint that Gimenez would benefit from another year in the Eredivisie, sources add. But the fast-paced nature of the transfer market may impulse a potential move.
Gimenez first joined Feyenoord in July 2022, signing a four-year contract to complete the transfer from Liga MX’s Cruz Azul. He has flourished under current manager Arne Slot, working through serving as an unused substitute to a vital component of the starting 11.
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His contributions have propelled Feyenoord to top of the Eredivisie table, edging out giants PSV and Ajax, and to the semifinals of the KNVB Cup.
Before moving abroad, Gimenez served as a staple for Cruz Azul. He first kicked off in 2017, debuting on August 30 in a 2-1 victory over Tigres UANL, prior to recording 21 goals in 105 appearances to lift the 2021 League trophy and 2022 Campeon de Campeones Cup.
His club success has also propelled Gimenez to the Mexican national team, earning nine appearances. The striker most recently featured in El Tri’s 2-0 Concacaf Nations League victory over Suriname on March 23.