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This Could Be The Deal-Breaker For Rafa Staying At Newcastle

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.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Mar 24, 2019 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #1

    The Star – home of “Last Woolworths store on Dark Side of Moon” and “Zsa Zsa Gabor Alive and working as a Man in Turkish Barber shop in Cleethorpes”.

    Worrying indeed.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 24, 2019 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Bottom line here – for a multitude of reasons I’m pretty certain Rondon won’t be here when his loan ends.

  • JohnJ

    Mar 24, 2019 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Ashley seems to have a massive blind spot regarding certain players!

    What he fails to see with Rondon and some others is that they are his massive insurance policy against losing our place in the Premier League – Just where would we be without, for example, Rondon’s goals, Dubs saves etc etc.

    I haven’t worked out exactly where we would have been less those two factors alone but I’d hazzard a guess “in the bottom three”

    So come on Mr Ashley just put your financial hat on and you’ll see it all only to clearly!!!

  • Tsunki

    Mar 24, 2019 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed have to disagree with you there about Ashley not being a football man. If you squint at that photo of his head up there it looks very much like a football. A Casey, yes but definitely a football.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 24, 2019 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #5

    JohnJ bottom three and most likely bottom tbf. Not only would we have lost those massive games against the big clubs but the resulting loss of morale for a long losing streak would have us pinned to the plughole. And possibly Moyes directing traffic by now too. Urgghhhh…..

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 24, 2019 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed in your leader you stated :-
    “Ashley isn’t a football man and doesn’t think like one – and never will”.

    Pretty much the same as Jibjanjustafan.

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 24, 2019 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #7

    “Gareth Bale’s cross drifts all the way across the box to Harry Wilson at the other end, the Derby man shifts the ball onto his left peg, but a thumping shot from 10 yards out is brilliantly kept out by the sprawling Martin Dubravka.”

  • Moonraker15

    Mar 24, 2019 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #8

    Well if Rondon isn’t here then Rafa won’t be, cos that probably the first negotiating position for Rafa. Rondon has been sensational this season and only an idiot would turn down the chance to sign him. £16m is a bargain when you factor in buying unknown players is a lottery. Where is Albert Luque, Guivarch etc.?

  • Moonraker15

    Mar 24, 2019 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #9

    Please enlighten me why Rondon won’t be here next season?

  • toonluvva

    Mar 24, 2019 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #10

    It seems that our beloved owner has been shuttling back and forth between Miami and Shirebrook.
    Was he trying to secure aa contract with Rafa?
    Of course not, he is only interested in buying Debenhams.
    Total waste of space that man!


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