The biggest soap opera saga this summer at Newcastle seems to be for West Brom striker Salomon Rondon.
We have been linked with the striker for weeks and weeks now – ever since Newcastle found out he had a £16.5M release clause in his contract.
At least that means he is one of Rafa’s top picks for a striker this summer.
And it still seems from reports coming in from Sky Sports that Newcastle still want to do a swap deal with Dwight Gayle going the other way to reduce the cash outlay.
Salomon Rondon – in preseason play this month
But why not pay the money for the striker and keep Dwight Gayle and then we’d have enough strikers for next season?
Rafa was coy on whether more money will be made available to him after selling Mitrovic to Fulham for £22M – a fee Newcastle will still not pay for any one player.
And Fulham is a club just promoted from the Championship.
This is what Rafa said about funds last night after the 0-0 draw at Porto:
“I don’t know the numbers or I don’t control the accounts, but I think if you do the maths we have enough money.”
Maybe buying Rondon outright is what Newcastle could do – although the news is that Dwight Gayle is talking to West Brom about personal terms if he does agree to join the Baggies.
They would need to be (very) good for Dwight to drop down a league next season.
West Brom want Dwight signed before their first game of the season next Saturday at home to Bolton Wanderers.
Let’s hope this Rondon saga is over very shortly.