According to reports out in Portugal, Crystal Palace are in the race to sign Benfica striker Raul Jimenéz alongside a number of other Premier League clubs.
With Fraizer Campbell released at the end of last season, Loic Remy returning to Chelsea following the end of his loan and Connor Wickham still sidelined as he recovers from his serious ACL injury, Palace are currently relying solely on the talents of Christian Benteke to lead the line. I'm sure Frank de Boer and Steve Parish don't need me to tell them that we need striking reinforcements ahead of the new season but until now, we've seen almost no names linked with a move to SE25.
Forgetting the sheer lack of strikers currently on our books, (Freddie Ladapo and Keshi Anderson were taken to Hong Kong as the only alternative to Benteke) the formation Frank de Boer favours doesn't immediately leap out as one which will function to the Belgian's strengths, meaning that we could do with an alternative sort of frontman to the big, aerially proficient type.
Indeed, de Boer's time in charge of Ajax saw him shy away from the option of utilising a traditional number nine, preferring instead to focus on a variety of attacking threats but with little to no experience of breaking down Premier League defences he may realise rather quickly that Benteke's aerial prowess is a fantastic weapon to have in your arsenal when in desperate need of points.
Standing at 6"1, Jiménez is a far more dynamic footballer, as the video attached above shows. Happy to dribble from deep, he has both pace and drive but after struggling to ever impose himself at Atletico Madrid, we only have his stints at Benfica and Club América to go on, making the move one that would come with a significant risk, particularly at the price being quoted over in Portugal.