Newcastle owner Mike Ashley refused to pay the £16.5M release clause in Salomon Rondon’s contract this summer – even though the West Brom striker was Rafa’s number one choice.
Rondon has one year left on his contract with a possible (optional) extra year – and that clause has now been triggered by the Baggies.
That means his contract lasts through June 30th of 2020 and next year when he finishes his loan spell at Newcastle he will not become a free agent.
Salomon Rondon – in training this week
And of course, if Rafa makes him into a much better player this season and the Venezuelan scores some goals for us he could cost (a lot?) more than £16.5M.
It’s much the same with Robert Kenedy – he’s here for one season, and neither player came to Newcastle with an option to buy clause in their loan contracts.
That’s what the news has been in the local press.
So when next summer comes around and if both players have played well at Newcastle, their price will have gone up, and maybe significantly.
These are some of the potential negative consequences of Mike Ashley not wanting to give Rafa money to spend in this summer’s transfer window.
And this potential mess next summer could possibly become another nail in the coffin, as we try to keep Rafa Benitez on Tyneside.
It looks like we have Rondon and Kenedy on loan for the season and that’s it.
At the end of the season could even be the last time either player plays for us.
We hope that is not true and maybe Newcastle have negotiated something that we don’t know about?
Otherwise, we could be improving players on loan for the sole benefit of their clubs.