Benfica are willing to sanction the £30million summer sale of striker Raul Jimenez to Wolves — after winning 10-0 without him.
Mexico international Jimenez has been a smash-hit at Molineux with nine goals and five assists in 26 Premier League appearances since joining the promoted side on loan from the Lisbon giants.
Benfica are coping perfectly well without him — they are a point off the top of Portugal’s Primeira Liga and hit double figures on Sunday against CD Nacional.
Jimenez is only at Wolves for the season as things stand, but their wealthy Chinese owners have a chance to make the deal permanent this summer for £30m.
It’s understood from sources in Portugal that Benfica will not stand in Jimenez’s way if the Midlanders meet that fee.
The 27-year-old forward drew a blank against Newcastle on Monday, but his form has been a key factor in Wolves’ rise to seventh in their first top flight season since 2011-12.
Jimenez has also scored two crucial FA Cup goals to help set-up a trip to Championship side Bristol City on Sunday, when a place in the quarter-finals will be at stake.