Fulham to sign Raúl Jiménez from Wolves with Mitrovic heading for exit

Fulham have agreed a deal to buy Raúl Jiménez from Wolves for about £5.5m as they enter final talks with Al-Hilal to sell Aleksandar Mitrovic to the Saudi Pro League club.

Although Mitrovic is poised for a move to the Gulf state, Marco Silva will not be heading there, Fulham’s manager having turned down a €40m (£34.6m) two-year offer from Al-Ahli.

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Mitrovic continued to push to join Al-Hilal after Fulham rejected two bids and Fulham moved for Jiménez as they seek to replace the striker. Jiménez is expected to finalise personal terms on Monday.

Mitrovic scored 14 goals in 24 Premier League appearance last season, whereas Jiménez failed to find the net in 15 appearances, including eight starts. The Mexico striker sustained a serious head injury against Arsenal in November 2020 and has since scored six times in 49 Premier League games, including 38 starts. He got three Carabao Cup goals last season.

Fulham are also on course to sign Mohammed Salisu from Southampton as well as Calvin Bassey, another centre-back, from Ajax. Tosin Adarabioyo is expected to leave, with Monaco among the clubs keen on the defender.

Callum Hudson-Odoi remains a target for Fulham. Lazio are in advanced talks to sign the winger from Chelsea but Fulham will push again for the 22-year-old after Silva committed his future to the club.

Fulham reopened talks to sell Mitrovic days after Tony Khan, their vice chairman and director of football operations, said the club were “definitely committed to keeping our top stars and doing what it will take” in the face of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to sign players.

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