Salomon Rondon interest in joining Wolves confirmed by local newspaper
Thursday brought claims across the media that Wolves have an active interest in buying Salomon Rondon.
This followed media reports of various other clubs also trying to land the striker, after Newcastle failed to make any move during the striker’s time at St James Park.
Yesterday (see below) we brought you a range of views showing how interested Wolves fans were in the potential signing.
Now on Saturday morning, the local (to Wolves/West Brom) newspaper – The Express and Star – has confirmed that Salomon Rondon himself, is ‘interested in a move to Molineux’ this summer.
Back in January it was reported that Wolves had tried to buy Salomon Rondon but that proved a non-starter as it would have needed both Wolves AND Newcastle United to agree to breaking the year long loan deal.
The Express and Star though, say that whilst their information tells them that Wolves are of interest to Rondon, he is going to wait a little while to see what other offers come in, before making his decision.
For many Newcastle fans, the fact that Mike Ashley has refused to allow any move to try and buy Salomon Rondon so far, makes it very difficult to believe that anything will change now.
Everybody knows that the striker’s release clause if £16.5m and with the modern day valuation for decent strikers, nobody can imagine West Brom having any reason to accept less, as plenty of clubs will pay that figure. Which again leaves you wondering why Ashley will suddenly agree to pay £16.5m for a forward who turns 30 in September, even though he was player of the season and key to Premier League survival this year.
If Wolves did buy Rondon from West Brom, it would be big news down in the West Midlands, especially as it would be the first transfer between the two clubs in 25 years.
Meanwhile talks (allegedly) continue for a third day in London between Rafa Benitez and Mike Ashley & his minions, as Newcastle fans wait to see if even the manager is staying, never mind the club making a signing that should be a no-brainer.
The Mag – Friday 17 May 2019:
Wolves fans have been debating whether they want Salomon Rondon or not.
The opening of the summer transfer window on Thursday saw the media reveal/claim that Wolves had approached West Brom.
As well as Italian and Spanish clubs, Wolves are said to have held initial talks with their local rivals, to find out for sure what the selling price is, with a potential offer to come.
Interesting comments from Wolves fans below.
Sobering for Newcastle supporters as well.
The Wolves fans overwhelmingly think Rondon is at least a good/decent striker but are split on whether they could sign better from elsewhere, or whether the Venezuelan would be a good squad player to back up the £32m signing of Raul Jimenez.
As I say, sobering stuff for Newcastle fans when Mike Ashley almost certainly won’t even let NUFC make a cash offer (as was the case last summer) for the striker due to age, despite him being the player of the season.
Wolves fans comment via their Molineux Mix message board;
‘The way I see it, Rondon is an absolute beast of a player.
He’s better than Cavaleiro and Costa as a back up option to Raúl. We’re not going to get a better striker than Raúl, because he just cost us £32M. We have to improve our bench, not just the first team.’
‘Yes all day long. Think he’d be a great addition.’
‘I thought Rondon V us was very useful. I wouldnt say no, seems to have a good attitude
Unless he signs for Newcastle, then I never wanted him and he has a massive ego.’
‘Not saying he’s an awful player by any means… but am I the only one who would be incredibly disappointed if we signed Rondon?
Gotta be aiming higher than that. Surely.’
‘I think Rondon is a decent player for a club aiming to be in the top half of the table. As I see it we are looking to improve next season which means a top six finish and Rondon is not quite good enough to meet our expectations.’
‘Like rondon . would fit in well with the squad.’
‘Rondon for £16m would be a fantastic signing, no problem with that at all as an alternative big man that could easily start for us.’
‘I like Rondon but he is 30 this September. £16.5m is not much for a decent striker these days but no sell on value and would only get a couple of seasons out of him. Would definitely prefer a younger player.’
‘I wouldn’t be against the signing of Rondon, I do wonder if the lure of European football (once confirmed of course) will be a determining factor on any decision? and for approx. £16m…would be a bargain, if he chipped in with 10 goals over the season, he would more than repay the fee!’
‘Precisely. All these ‘Rondon’s not good enough for where we’re going’ are nonsense.
This season just gone, as soon as Raul needed a rest, (either starting or just as sub) we basically fell apart as a team.
No teeth, no hold-up, whole playstyle disintegrated.
Rondon’s an infinitely better option than Costa or Cav. Being as both are in varying levels of poor form, and neither can play number 9 and hold the ball up.’
‘’Rondon a Beast of a player???’
I have to strongly disagree with this. Yes he holds the ball up well and often finds a pass and strikes the ball well on occaisions. But if he is such a beast why has he been playing for West Brom and Newcastle?
I would guess because he simply misses too many chances and is much to slow for sides that want to break quickly and attack with speed. Would be very useful against sides like Brighton and others that park the bus but against sides that come on to us nah not the right fit.’
‘So a player we could do with then due to last season’s struggles against the “park the bus” types ??’
‘An absolute shoe in at Newcastle. Fans favourite. Unless Ashley has a benny and not sign him.’
‘Also unless Rafa gives up on the fat Cockney cu..’
‘Don’t think rondon sees his current development as playing second to Jota or Jimmy?’
‘That could be the sticking point.
However, I reckon he’s of the standard that would fancy his chances in a straight fight for the shirt, rather than a young understudy type that would be under no illusions (Abraham).
If there’s that much interest, surely the majority after Rondon for a fairly hefty fee wouldn’t be as bare in the striker department as we currently are.
Newcastle are the only other club I can think of with only 1 proper centre forward. If they’re willing to stump up the cash, you’d think he’d happily stay for a nailed on starting place.’
‘He’ll be 30 years old a few games into the season, and has consistently throughout his career played for middling teams, scoring non-remarkable amounts of goals.
That’s why I think we should be aiming higher.’
‘I wouldn’t mind Rondon but I think it’s more likely that we’d spend that kind of cash on another promising young forward (e.g. Lainez) to rotate / compete with Jota and Raúl.’
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