Atletico Madrid continued to bolster their attack on Wednesday, as Mexican forward Raul Jimenez was signed by the club.
Atleti English confirmed the news, which was shared by AS English on Twitter:
Official: Raúl Jiménez joins @Atleti on a 11m euro, 6-year deal from Club América. He's due to arrive in Madrid tomorrow at 14:30 local time— AS English (@English_AS) August 13, 2014
That will make his signing quite the historic one, per Tom Marshall of ESPN FC:
Raul Jimenez becomes the most expensive Mexican to leave the Liga MX for Europe. Price reported at close to $15 million USD.— Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) August 13, 2014
The 23-year-old will be joining last year's La Liga champions from Club America, where he tallied 35 goals in 98 games for the Mexican giants. He's also made himself a regular fixture in the Mexican national team, though he only made one appearance for the country off the bench at this year's World Cup.
For Atletico Madrid, the move is another indication that the team's attack will be just fine this year despite Diego Costa's defection to Chelsea, David Villa making the jump to the MLS and Adrian heading to Porto.
Indeed, it has been a summer of turnover for the Spanish giants. Star keeper Thibaut Courtois will be remaining at Chelsea this year after his loan spell in Madrid, while defenders Filipe Luis (another defection to Chelsea on a transfer) and Javier Manquillo (on loan at Liverpool) have also departed.
But Atletico have kept busy themselves, bringing in talented players like Jimenez, dynamic French winger Antoine Griezmann and former Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic, among others.
At Atletico, the full potential of Jimenez could be realized. Jorge Arangure of The Guardian feels the move could change the entire course of the young player's career:
Huge opportunity for Raul Jimenez at Atletico. Playing for Diego Simeone could turn him into the best Mexican player in the world— Jorge Arangure (@jorgearangure) August 13, 2014
Cristian Nyari of Bundesliga Fanatic, meanwhile, thinks Jimenez has the perfect player to learn from at his new club:
Jimenez also has a great player to learn from in Mandzukic. The two are actually very similar.— Cristian Nyari (@Cnyari) August 13, 2014
Jimenez has much to prove, of course, and he'll no doubt face a steep learning curve adjusting to the higher quality of play in La Liga. A bit of patience from the Atletico supporters might be in order here.
Nonetheless, this is an exciting signing for both Atletico and Mexican soccer. At a time when the face of Mexican soccer for several years now, Javier Hernandez, has found himself buried on Manchester United's bench, Jimenez now has the chance to seize a major opportunity at a world-class club and become the new face of Mexican soccer.
Atletico Madrid are banking on him taking that opportunity and running with it.