Atletico Madrid launch Jimenez bid

The La Liga champions have already signed Mario Mandzukic following the departure of Diego Costa and are on the verge of boosting their striking department yet again

Atletico Madrid have launched a bid for Mexico striker Raul Jimenez as they bid to further bolster their attacking ranks.

The sale of Diego Costa to Chelsea saw Mario Mandzukic arrive from Bayern Munich, but following a pre-season in which goals have been hard to come by, Atleti are set to dip into the transfer market again.

America president Jose Romano revealed the Spanish side had made an offer for Jimenez, a member of his country's World Cup squad, but will put the decision in the hands of the club's fans.

He said: "We had an Atletico de Madrid offer for Raul Jimenez, but we will not accept or reject it, as we want to gather our fans' opinion regarding this.

"If the offer is good, I guess the player will leave."

Jimenez, 23, who scored 30 goals across the previous two Liga MX campaigns and has four to his name already in 2014-15, has talked up a potential move to the Vicente Calderon having faced Atletico in pre-season.

He is quoted by Marca as saying: "It is a dream, something I've always wanted. I've been given the opportunity and I want to take it.

"They are the champions of Spain and I want to go on to win a spot."