There’s some worrying news today in the Star that Mike Ashley will not sanction a permanent move for Salomon Rondon in the summer.
West Brom want £16M for their Venezuelan striker who has been a massive hit on Tyneside.
But Rondon will turn 30 years-old in September and Ashley has never liked paying big transfer fees and huge wages for older players.
And his contract at West Brom also has just one year to run, and Rondon will not sign another extension to stay at the Baggies.
Mike Ashley – not a football man – and never will be
So all being well he could be available as a free agent in a year, but some club will likely come in and pay a hefty fee for him – Everton could well be that club.
And if West Brom do get promoted the price for Rondon will even go up – but since he has only one year left on his deal, they’d be lucky to get much more than £16M.
We’re not saying it’s a good deal to get Rondon for £16M when he was one year left on his contract – but his age should not be a concern.
Rondon has at least four seasons left in the big time – when he will still be only 33.
It depends if Ashley can get Rondon in some other way – maybe on loan for next season.
But the 29-year-old has been so good for Newcastle this season that it’s very likely another PL club will swoop for him in the summer.
Newcastle is Rondon’s preferred choice, but we may not pay the fee for him.
That could be a deal-breaker for Rafa staying at Newcastle.
That’s becasue one again Ashley is more concerned about money than what it means to have Rondon leading the line at Newcastle for the next four seasons – and the success that could bring to the club.
Ashley isn’t a football man and doesn’t think like one – and never will.