West Brom announce Salomon Rondon will definitely be sold this summer and Newcastle still interested
Salomon Rondon will definitely leave West Brom this summer.
The striker only has one year left on his contract and the Baggies have officially stated that they will sell him in this window.
The local (to West Brom) Express and Star newspaper quote West Brom Technical Director Luke Dowling.
He says that Salomon Rondon wants to leave and play in the Premier League, or equivalent top tier elsewhere and also states: ‘We don’t want a player that’s had a season like that staying around with us and walking away on a Bosman.’
Despite Rafa Benitez set to leave in six days time, Luke Dowling says: ‘As we understand it Newcastle still have an interest in Salomon,’
It would be very bizarre if Newcastle did end up buying Salomon Rondon, as the potential signing of the striker has generally been accepted as a key part of the divide between Rafa Benitez and Mike Ashley.
Newcastle fans see it as a no-brainer with Rondon having been NUFC’s player of the season whilst on loan.
Whilst Mike Ashley refused to allow the Venezuelan striker to be bought last summer because he was due to turn 29 in September 2018, so it all sounding very unlikely that Ashley would now say yes to buying him when he will turn 30 in three months time.
Venezuela play Argentina in the Copa America quarter-finals on Friday and presumably once he is out of the competition, Rondon will be looking to quickly get his future sorted at club level.
“We are quite happy to say that we will sell Salomon Rondon,
“We don’t want a player that’s had a season like that staying around with us and walking away on a Bosman.
“Salomon has had the taste of Newcastle.
“He went back to a Premier League club and if he plays in England that’s where he wants to be.
“As we understand it Newcastle still have an interest in Salomon,
“There is interest in Salomon and I’d be surprised if there wasn’t,
“He’s had a good season with Newcastle – a year as a centre-forward and we all know what that means to Newcastle supporters.
“His season was the right way around, rather than starting great and fading, he finished the season really strongly.
“So if we do want to sell him that’s great for us but we’re anticipating as the weeks go on that the offers made for him might get bigger.
“Salomon has a market worldwide so it’s not just clubs in this country that are interested.”
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