01.11.2023 - 02:15 | source: Transfermarkt | Reading Time: 5 mins
Feyenoord Rotterdam
Santiago Gimenez
Soon a €100m player? 

Santiago Gimenez - Is Arsenal and Tottenham target the next €100m player?

Arsenal, Tottenham and Real Madrid tracking Feyenoord scoring sensation Santiago Gimenez

There is very little doubt, that Santiago Gimenez is one of Europe’s hottest strikers. The Feyenoord international has scored an incredible 18 goals in just 16 games so far this season, including a hat-trick in the the 4-2 win over Excelsior on Saturday. Going into matchday 10, Gimenez had scored in nine successive competitive matches for Feyenoord, racking up 15 goals in total, the most of all players playing in any of the top 10 UEFA ranked leagues. Gimenez's prolific performances are attracting attention from some of the biggest European clubs with Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal strongly linked ahead of the January window.

Santiago Gimenez
S. Gimenez Centre-Forward
Feyenoord Rotterdam
Feyenoord Rotterdam
Season 23/24
All competitions

For Area Manager Netherlands Kevin Lux, however, the recent development isn’t a major surprise. “I don't think it is a sudden explosion in performance,” Lux said. “When he arrived at Feyenoord, last year, he was used as a supporting option next to fellow striker Danilo. The Brazilian was first choice in European matches and Gimenez had to do with a substitute job. When he came on, he scored lots of European goals in the few minutes he got.”

Feyenoord signed the now 22-year-old Mexican striker for €6 million from Liga MX side Cruz Azul in the summer of 2022. The son of Mazatlán FC’s Argentine assistant manager Christian Gimenez, Santiago, who was born in Argentina but grew up in Mexico where his dad played football, took some time to adapt to the Eredivisie. But after scoring just two goals in the first 13 Eredivisie games last season, Gimenez exploded and would finish the season with 15 goals and two assists. Gimenez’s record was similarly impressive in the Europa League where he scored five goals in nine games.

With Santiago Gimenez - The Biggest winners of the market value update in the Eredivisie (Oct 2023)

15. Jordan Teze | PSV | +3 million

New market value: 9 million


15. Olivier Boscagli | PSV | +3 million

New market value: 10 million


15. Sergiño Dest | PSV | +3 million
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New market value: 13 million


14. Benjamin Tahirovic | Ajax | +3,5 million
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New market value: 5 million


11. Quinten Timber | Feyenoord | +4 million

New market value: 12 million


11. Jerdy Schouten | PSV | +4 million
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New market value: 16 million


11. Joey Veerman | PSV | +4 million
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New market value: 20 million


7. Jorrel Hato | Ajax | +5 million

New market value: 10 million


7. Igor Paixao | Feyenoord | +5 million

New market value: 15 million


7. Noa Lang | PSV | +5 million
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New market value: 20 million


7. David Hancko | Feyenoord | +5 million

New market value: 30 million


5. Yankuba Minteh | Feyenoord | +6 million
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New market value: 8 million


5. Vangelis Pavlidis | AZ | +6 million

New market value: 20 million


3. Quilindschy Hartman | Feyenoord | +10 million

New market value: 20 million


3. Lutsharel Geertruida | Feyenoord | +10 million

New market value: 35 million


1. Johan Bakayoko | PSV | +15 million

New market value: 25 million


1. Santiago Gimenez | Feyenoord | +15 million

New market value: 40 million


13 goals in 9 matches - Santiago Gimenez breaks Luis Suárez-record 

“This year, though, he made the next step in his development,” Lux said. “Scoring 13 goals in the first 9 matches was something the Eredivisie hasn't seen yet this century.” Interestingly enough, Gimenez wasn’t the only player to have done it this year. The other player is Alkmaar sensation Vangelis Pavlidis, who has also managed 13 goals in his first nine games of the season. In unison they have broken a record for the most goals scored to open the season since the turn of the century. That record was previously held by Uruguayan legend Luis Suárez (2009/10 for Ajax) and Mounir El Hamdaoui (2008/09 for Alkmaar).

Santiago Gimenez has been in spectacular form for Feyenoord this season

But what makes Gimenez such a dangerous forward? Gimenez is the type of striker that keeps the opponents defence busy,” Lux said while also once again highlighting his progression from last season. “His numbers for shots on goal per 90 minutes, fouls drawn, dribbles and key passes are all up from last season.” Furthermore, while Gimenez was more of a typical box striker last year, this season he has upped his game outside the box as well and gets more involved in the overall attacking play. “This season, he is the all-round leader in the Feyenoord attack, providing passes and even assists,” Lux added.

Although Gimenez has quickly become a fan favourite in Rotterdam there is no doubt that the Mexican will soon move on to one of Europe’s elite leagues. Among Premier League teams, Arsenal have been accredited with a long-standing interest, while it's understood that Tottenham are now monitoring the situation. Serie A giants Inter Milan are interested, and Bundesliga sides Frankfurt and Dortmund have also been listed but the price tag might soon be too high for either one of those two clubs.

Market Value
Santiago Gimenez
S. Gimenez Centre-Forward

Feyenoord star Santiago Gimenez - The Eredivisie's first €100m player?

“I think Feyenoord can hang on to him this winter, but next summer, he will most likely become the most expensive Feyenoord player of all time,” Lux said. Feyenoord’s current record departures are Orkun Kökçü (to Benfica this summer) and Luis Sinisterra (to Leeds United last season). In both cases, Feyenoord received a €25m base fee. In Gimenez’s case sources have suggested a fee close to €100m or perhaps even beyond. As a result, the striker saw his market value increase from €6m to €40m as part of the latest Eredivisie update.

Santiago Gimenez has seen his market value increase significantly since he joined Feyenoord

That seems like a staggering amount at first glance only, after all Frankfurt received €95m for Randal Kolo Muani, who is two years older, from PSG just a few months ago. Bayern Munich paid €100m+ for a 30-year-old Harry Kane. Other forwards like Victor Osimhen (Napoli) and Lautaro Martínez (Inter Milan) would command even higher fees. In other words, €100m seems to be the going rate for a prolific striker and if Gimenez keeps up his goalscoring record there is a good chance that he could become the Eredivisie's first €100m player.

Tottenham and Arsenal - could the English Premier League be Gimenez's next destination? 

Gimenez's goalscoring record has naturally attracted interest from clubs across Europe. Inter Milan have been linked while Real Madrid have been mentioned as another possible destination. The Spanish giants lack a centre forward, but Brazilian wonderkid Endryck will complete his move to the Bernabeu next summer. 

Arsenal and Tottenham are both in the market for a new striker and both North London clubs have been linked in reputable French outlet L'Equipe. Spurs didn't directly replace Kane following his exit for Bayern Munich in the summer with Heung-min Son deputising up front but Ange Postecoglou will be eyeing a new addition and Gimenez fits the bill. Daniel Levy is notoriously a shrewd operator and it would require a record transfer fee to sign Gimenez from Feyenoord but it would be a show of faith in Postecolgou. 

Arsenal are flying high at the top of the English Premier League but goalscoring has been an issue. Gabriel Jesus has only contributed four goals in 12 appearances and he's not a prolific goalscorer in the mould of Gimenez. Eddie Nketiah has scored five goals in 18 games but it's an area of the pitch where Arsenal need to strengthen across the next two transfer windows.

Santiago Gimenez
Feyenoord Rotterdam
Santiago Gimenez
Date of birth/Age:
Apr 18, 2001 (22)
Nat.:  Mexico Italy
Current club:
Feyenoord Rotterdam
Contract until:
Jun 30, 2027
Market Value:
Feyenoord Rotterdam
Total Market Value:
Arne Slot
Squad size:
Latest Transfer:
Leo Sauer