Salomon Rondon will likely be the defining player for Newcastle United fans in this (so far…) disastrous transfer window.
A striker that was some way down Rafa’s preferred list of forward targets, who Newcastle supporters aren’t really bothered about, who had a transfer release clause figure over £10m less than the total NUFC could eventually bank for Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Yet Newcastle seemingly unable to sign him, due to Mike Ashley’s insistence on what is and isn’t allowed on the transfer front.
The local (to West Brom) newspaper has revealed that the £16,5m/£17m Salomon release clause has now timed out. The report (see below) saying that this is also the case with West Brom’s defender Ahmed Hegazi, as well as midfielder Nacer Chadli.
The report claims that the fact the players’ release clauses have run out ‘has strengthened Albion’s position in the transfer market.’
I’m not convinced about the other two but surely with Salomon Rondon it is a massive negative for the Baggies that nobody has wanted to activate that £17m release clause.
They have a striker who turns 29 next month, only has one year left on his current contract, and is one of their top earners.
If nobody has been willing to pay the £17m release clause, why on earth would anybody now pay more for the striker?
I saw at least one of the national newspapers claiming the release clause running out on Salomon Rondon ‘was a massive blow’ for Newcastle United and claimed it would now cost £25m to buy him.
How does that work?
He has averaged eight Premier League goals per season in his three years so far at West Brom and anybody buying him would have a striker who would be all but worthless in two or three years times in terms of any resale value.
Interesting to see in the Express and Star report as well, that they understand Newcastle haven’t made any kind of offer to buy the striker, only having offered a loan deal so far.
I’m honestly not bothered either way whether we get Rondon in the end but then I stop myself and think, if it isn’t him, then who on earth could Rafa be allowed to get instead, especially at such a late stage in the window?
I fear very much that we will once again be depending on loan deal(s) in the closing stages.
What an unbelievable position to be in with six days to go until transfer deadline, around £25m up on deals this summer and yet Rafa still isn’t allowed to sign even an average striker.
Express and Star:
‘Ahmed Hegazi, Jonny Evans, Nacer Chadli and Salomon Rondon all had release clauses written into their contracts, leaving the Baggies vulnerable to interested clubs willing to stump up the cash.
It allowed Evans to be snapped up by Leicester City at the start of the summer for just £3.5m, less than a year after the Baggies had rejected a £21m bid from the Foxes for the defender.
However, Hegazi’s £10m release clause, Rondon’s £16.5m release clause, and Chadli’s £17m release clause have now all timed out.
This has strengthened Albion’s position in the transfer market because it puts control over their players’ futures firmly back in their hands.
Newcastle have held a long-standing interest in Rondon this summer, but never expressed any willingness to activate his release clause and have instead been attempting to take the Venezuelan on loan.
Albion are only willing to part with the striker on loan if Dwight Gayle comes the other way but they are not willing to match Gayle’s Premier League wages and talks have stalled.’