Atlético Madrid officially announced on Thursday evening that Raúl Jiménez has left the club to join Benfica on a permanent deal.
After just a single season in the red and white of Atleti, the Portugese side has purchased the 50% of Jiménez’ rights owned by Atleti.
Los Rojiblancos allegedly paid €5.5 million for half of the Mexican’s rights last summer. Benfica have reportedly purchased the same share for only €3 million.
Raúl Jiménez signs a five-year contract with Benfica after a miserable season in Madrid.
He scored only once in 21 appearances for Atleti, albeit 17 of those were from the bench.
It is reported that Atleti have retained a buyback option on the player, but many details of the transfer remain unclear.
The striker was rumoured to be close to joining West Ham United in the Premier League, but is said to have overslept and missed his scheduled flight to England.
Jiménez was widely expected to depart the Vicente Calderón this summer, and his exit won’t cause any heartache or surprises.