Mike Ashley rules out buying Salomon Rondon with better ‘value’ elsewhere
Fair to say that Newcastle United fans were a ‘little’ underwhelmed when Salomon Rondon arrived.
A team squad that had struggled to score goals (only 39 in 38 games) in their relegation fight the previous season, now pinning their hopes on a loan striker who had been relegated with West Bro and had never managed 10 goals in a Premier League season.
To make matters worse, Mike Ashley wouldn’t even allow Rafa Benitez to make an offer to buy Rondon last summer, despite selling Mitrovic for £22m (rising to £27m).
In addition, even to get Salomon Rondon on loan, Rafa also had to agree to Dwight Gayle going on loan in the opposite direction.
As it happens, we have all been proved wrong and Rafa Benitez proved right, which isn’t a one-off…
With a net spend of over minus £20m allowed last summer, the manager did unbelievably well to identify Salomon Rondon as the striker who could keep Newcastle up this season, with promise of potentially a lot more to come if buying Rondon this summer and getting better quality around him. A step made in that direction with Miguel Almiron brought in.
Rondon has nine goals in his last 20 Premier League games and the conversation has increasingly become whether Rafa Benitez and Salomon Rondon will be at Newcastle come August.
The overwhelming view is that if Rafa Benitez isn’t even allowed to buy Salomon Rondon at his £16.5m release clause this summer, then no chance of the manager sticking around.
Now The Mail have reported that their information is that Mike Ashley has valued Salomon Rondon at £12m and no higher, never mind the goals and assists (five in PL this season already) and general importance to the team, due to turning 30 in September and no big potential resale value that £12m is the maximum Ashley will allow to be paid/offered.
In reality, this is Mike Ashley simply refusing to allow Salomon Rondon to be bought.
It is like promising the wife that you will buy her that outfit she has wanted for ages, then going to the shop with her but telling the shop assistant you are only willing to pay 75% of the price tag.
In football now, especially with strikers, it is most definitely a sellers market. Any number of clubs will be willing to pay the £16.5m Rondon release clause, Mike Ashley clearly knows this and if his PR people are wanting to get the story out that he was willing to back Rafa with a a Rondon signing but £16.5m was too high a valuation, it will convince nobody.
Mike Ashley supposedly is willing to pay £16.5m or more for a striker but only if they are younger and have the potential resale value.
This just rubber stamps our fears that Mike Ashley sees no real value in trying to keep Rafa Benitez, why employ a £6m a year much decorated Champions League winning manager, then think you know better as to which players should be signed.
Little doubt for me that Mike Ashley is desperate to get back to a situation where he has a Pardew, Carver or McClaren who knows their place, is so desperate for the job they will agree to have no say on anything important such as transfers, with Mike Ashley able to get back on with the job of bringing about yet another inevitable third relegation of his reign.
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