Wolves now front runners for Salomon Rondon ‘having made most ground’ on potential deal – Report
The future of Salomon Rondon hasn’t disappeared from the minds of Newcastle fans.
However, fair to say that the potential Newcastle United takeover has overwhelmed everything else.
Even Rafa Benitez’ situation has been relegated into second place by the possibility of getting rid of Mike Ashley, with the potential of ambitious new owners coming in.
As for Salomon Rondon, the failure to even try and do a permanent deal before the season ended, was a major worry for Newcastle fans, with regard to whether he will be at St James Park again next season AND whether Rafa Benitez will be there as well. The futures of the pair seen as inextricably linked by most Newcastle fans.
An ‘update’ on Saturday morning has claimed that it is Wolves who are now the front runners to sign the striker ‘having made the most ground on a potential deal with rivals Albion’, with claims of talks between the two clubs.
The report has come from local (local to West Brom and Wolves) newspaper The Express and Star (see below).
However, it all sounds a little desperate and the report isn’t helped by the fact they don’t even know how many goals Salomon Rondon scored last season for Newcastle. They state 15 but in reality it was 11 in the Premier League and a twelfth in the League Cup.
As to what exact progress Wolves have made, if any, is a bit dubious, as even in the report they also state; ‘However, the two clubs are still a long way from an agreement, and no deal is imminent.’
At the moment, Salomon Rondon is away training with Venezuela ahead of friendlies and then the Copa America. The first friendly game is against Ecuador (2 June), then Mexico (6 June) and the USA (9 June), before kicking off in the Copa America against Peru on 15 June.
We have now reached the 17th day of the transfer window and whilst there wouldn’t appear to be any immediate worries about Rondon signing elsewhere, the situation surely can’t continue for much longer with no conclusion to Rafa’s contract situation and moves to make key signings, regardless of whether the club is being sold or not.
We have now reached June and only 29 days until the manager’s contract runs out, whilst we can also now say it is pre-season starting early next month and then early the following month the transfer window closes and the new season kicks off.
For Newcastle United to be in decent shape, both on and off the pitch, to kick off the new season, an awful lot has to happen in not the greatest timeframe.
The Express and Star report:
‘Wolves head the race for West Brom’s Salomon Rondon
Wolves are the current front-runners for the signature of Salomon Rondon, having made the most ground on a potential deal with rivals Albion
The Venezuelan striker is in demand this summer after an impressive season on loan with Newcastle United, where he scored 15 goals and picked up the player of the season award.
The 29-year-old has a release clause of £16.5million – and has just 12 months left on his existing contract.
Wolves aren’t believed to have met that release clause, but Rondon is thought to be interested in a switch to Molineux.
However, the two clubs are still a long way from an agreement, and no deal is imminent.
It’s believed that Wolves are also monitoring a number of younger options as they line up competition for top scorer Raul Jimenez.
Rondon is currently weighing up his options, which may include a return to Newcastle where the situation is up in the air because of ongoing takeover talks.
Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan is reportedly negotiating a £350m purchase of Newcastle from Mike Ashley, which could have a wider impact on the future of manager Rafa Benitez.
Rondon flourished under Benitez and would be keen to continue working with him, but there is no guarantee the Spaniard will be in charge next season.
Wolves and West Ham are monitoring the situation, but the Express & Star understands it is Albion’s Black Country rivals who have made the most ground in talks.’
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