Benfica's Raul Jimenez most expensive Mexican player in history - reports
Striker Raul Jimenez has reportedly become the most expensive Mexican player in history after Benfica announced on Thursday they have purchased the second 50 percent of his rights from Atletico Madrid.
Jimenez's move in total is reported to add up to €22 million, surpassing the previous transfer record for former Mexico international Nery Castillo (reported to be €20m Euros), as well as topping Carlos Vela's move to Real Sociedad and Javier Hernandez's transfer to Bayer Leverkusen last summer.
Benfica bought the first half of 25-year-old Jimenez's rights in August 2015 and signed him to a five-year deal, but there had been rumors the former Club America striker could be on the move.
Jimenez only started eight league games for the reigning Portuguese champions, but did score three times in the Champions League, helping Benfica to the quarterfinal stage of the competition.
Jimenez's transfer also represents the most expensive purchase ever for a Portuguese side, according to reports.
The deal may not be the only high-profile and expensive business involving a Mexican this summer, with Hirving Lozano linked with a move to Europe, Guillermo Ochoa reportedly close to Granada and Hector Herrera consistently possibly leaving Porto for Italy.
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