Jimenez prefers immediate Porto move

The America striker would like to move to Europe sooner rather than later.

Club America striker Raul Jimenez would ideally like to move to Europe – with Porto the widely reported destination - as soon as possible, before the Primeira Liga starts up on August 17.

“Right now the season hasn’t started there and they’re in preseason,” Jimenez said in a news conference Tuesday. “The best thing would be, if it comes about, to go now and not arrive halfway through the tournament, (when) the coach has already defined the team.”

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Jimenez added that the adaption would be more difficult midway through a campaign, but said he is not going to force through the transfer.

The 23-year-old reiterated that his dream is to play in Europe, but said he has asked his agent not to inform him of the details of the negotiations until a deal has been struck.

“I’m concentrated (on America), I showed that the last game,” said Jimenez, who scored against Tijuana in America's last outing. “I know they are negotiating over there, that it could be probable that I go, but also if I stay it is fine because I’m at the biggest club in Mexico.”

Jimenez refused to talk at length about his Mexico teammate Alan Pulido’s situation with Tigres, indicating his “good friend” will “have his reasons” for attempting to force a transfer to Europe.

America and Jimenez will play Atletico Madrid in the Estadio Azteca on Wednesday.

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