Newcastle United have made a move for Salomon Rondon according to Sky Sports.
On Tuesday afternoon the broadcaster has reported that their information is that Newcastle made contact with West Brom and discussed a potential transfer.
There has been much speculation surrounding Newcastle and the Venezuelan striker with even a bizarre exclusive on Monday, which claimed that Newcastle would get the forward in a ‘cut-price’ deal.
That ‘cut-price’ deal being for Newcastle to supposedly pay £4m up front now for a season long loan, before then paying a further £15m payment in summer 2019 to make the deal permanent. Making £19m in total for a player who is claimed to have a £16.5m release clause.
This ‘exclusive’ all the stranger when taking into account Salomon Rondon only has a year left on his West Brom contact and that next summer it would mean Newcastle completing a £19m move for a player who would turn 30 a month into the new season (in September 2019).
Whether the Sky Sports claims today have any substance remains to be seen, but at least the structure of their story sounds credible.
They claim the actual release clause is £16m for Rondon and that Newcastle are looking to fund the deal by selling Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham, with Newcastle telling Fulham they must pay at least £18m for the Serbian striker.
This news/report coincides with Rafa Benitez opening up about the shambolic nature of Newcastle’s summer transfer window.
Rafa stating that he is now looking at third choice and below when it comes to his lists of transfer targets, with Mike Ashley refusing to allow players to be bought until others are sold to finance the moves.
The manager bemoaning this approach which means with three weeks until the transfer window closes, he still hasn’t even got the striker he desperately wants. Rafa confessing that Alassane Plea was a striker he hoped to sign, the player instead going to Borussia Monchengladbach despite Newcastle supposedly having bid for him according to the media.
However, Rafa Benitez did also say today that he expects to get a striker in before the window closes and no disrespect to him, but you can imagine that Salomon Rondon was on the Newcastle manager’s list of targets, but third choice or lower…
Rondon looks a decent enough player but I doubt Rafa’s dream striker was somebody who has scored 24 Premier League goals in three seasons. It would be a step up on Joselu but rafa Benitez could and should have expected to be backed with better.