Cristiano Ronaldo ‘demands’ Juventus sign Wolves striker Raul Jimenez

Cristiano Ronaldo has urged Juventus to sign Wolves striker Raul Jimenez this summer, according to reports in Italy.

Jimenez, 29, helped inspire Nuno Espirito Santo’s men to a seventh-place Premier League finish as well as the Europa League semi-finals this season.

The Mexican registered 27 goals and 10 assists in 55 appearances for Wolves, meaning he is now attracting attention from some of the biggest clubs in European football.

Manchester United are understood to be eyeing up a deal amid their search for a centre-forward to replace Romelu Lukaku, who left to join Inter Milan last year.

Yet according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Ronaldo is desperate for Jimenez to join Juve in the summer transfer window.

It is believed the Portuguese superstar has urged his club to go out and sign him, which would stop former side United from getting their man.

Jimenez joined Wolves on an initial season-long loan deal in 2018 before completing a permanent £30million switch last summer.

The former Atletico Madrid and Benfica man scored 13 Premier League goals in his debut season at Molineux, having featured in every one of Wolves’ 38 outings.

He also failed to miss a league match for the club this term, while producing an improved tally of 17 goals.

Ronaldo is keen for Juve to strengthen this summer after their Champions League exit earlier this month.

The Italian champions were knocked out by Lyon in the last-16 on away goals, with their 2-1 victory in the Turin second leg not enough after an opening 1-0 defeat out in France.

Maurizio Sarri was sacked the following day and swiftly replaced by former Juve midfielder Andrea Pirlo, who reportedly has his eye on a number of transfer targets.

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Gazzetta dello Sport also claim Pirlo is keen to sign Real Madrid star Isco this summer in a bid to get the best out of Ronaldo at the Allianz Stadium.

Last season, the former Italy international said: “To win the Champions League you need a player like Isco. The midfield is the key to everything, you have Cristiano but you need to find a way to ignite him.”

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