Raúl Jiménez officially a Benfica player

The Mexican makes his move to Portugal official

Raúl Jiménez had a disappointing season in Madrid

Raúl Jiménez had a disappointing season in Madrid

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.

  • Ringo

    pretty boring game, 0-0, won 4-2 in the penalty shoot-out

    Thomas could be a nice addition, but it’s hard to get much out of this game, I think.

    Have to say I was also watching the super copa in the meantime (Athletic was great) and ate, so didn’t catch everything. But what I saw, outside of a few slim highlights, wasn’t the greatest thing ever. Many second choices on the squad.

    Cádiz defended well, I hope to see them promoted next year, always liked them for some reason.

    Is there another preseason game on the roster? or was this it and do they start Primera in a week (or two?)

  • Ringo

    oh I just saw this was a semifinal, we’ll play a final against Betis tomorrow

    I’m guessing the other players will get minutes tomorrow

    Ivan Perez or Thomas might be second choice LB if Siqueira is 100% gone. But Gámez will probably be picked before them. I liked their rushes, though, but Thomas isn’t really a wingplayer.

    Correa played 45 minutes (replacing Ivan) and Saúl 25 or 30 (replacing the injured Carrasco) Gabi played the full 90.
    So in central midfield we might see Koke, I’m guessing at least Tiago, but Saúl is another option, since he only came on because of an injury.

    I think we’ll see this tomorrow:

    |- Oblak -|- Juanfran – Gimenez/Savic – Godin/Savic – Filipe -|- Tiago – Saúl -|- Óliver – Koke -|- Jackson – Griezmann -|

    Xu Xin might see some minutes, Andrés too. Godin and Savic might both play one half, it kind of depends on Godín’s fitness level I guess.
    Xu Xin might deserve some minutes, but I kind of hope to see all the others get the full 90 minutes, to get into better rhythm. I think one of you was excited about him, but I haven’t seen anything by him myself.

  • Ringo

    oh and Jiménez, thanks for the effort.
    Sadly we haven’t seen much of you, but that’s just how it went down.

    Good luck at Benfica, may you prosper.