We had a piece out today on Salomon Rondon and how Newcastle tried to do a deal for him last month – to at least fix the price of the fee this summer for the players.
But none of that was successful and in the summer Salomon Rondon will have just one year left on his contract.
West Brom – if promoted from the Championship in May, would like to get money and cash for Rondon – but that’s not going to happen.
Rondon will become a free agent next summer.
Rafa Benitez – in Spain last week
However, Mike Ashley will have to somehow convince Rafa he can get Rondon this summer if the manager is to stay on Tyneside.
The other player Rafa wants to keep at Newcastle is Mo Diame but the former Senegal International will turn 32 in June and Ashley often resists signing players who are over 26 never mind over 30.
What that has caused at Newcastle over the years is the team tends to lack experience and that’s one reason Rafa brought in players like Ki, Schar, Fernandez, and Rondon last summer.
Rafa has added much-needed experience to the Newcastle’s will probably want to extend Mo’s contract for a couple of years.
Rafa sees Diame as someone who can continue to do a good job in Newcastle’s engine room – as the holding midfielder.
Transfers and funding are Rafa’s major concerns with Ashley but he will also test whether the owner will prevent him from signing older players when Rafa wants them at the club.
If Ashley refuses to sign these two players this summer that could be curtains for Rafa.
We hope Ashley will give on the various things Rafa wants to still have a worthwhile project that will see him remain at Newcastle United.
That’s vital for the club’s future.