Salmon Rondon is likely to be one of the players that Rafa wants signed if he is to stay at Newcastle when his contract ends this summer.
Salomon has been in excellent form this season for us, and his style perfectly fits the way Rafa wants Newcastle to play.
But West Brom want a big fee for their striker – and if West Brom don’t get promoted it will be a £16.5M fee and it maybe £20M or more if West Brom are back in the Premier League this summer.
This is for a player who has only one year left on his contract at West Brom.
Mike Ashley seems unwilling to pay that for the striker, and there’s a report in the Mail today that Newcastle want to pay only £12M for Rondon this summer.
With Wolves interested in Rondon they could easily beat Newcastle to signing the player by paying what the Baggies are asking for the 29-year-old.
And it would be yet another time when a more ambitious club beats Newcastle to a transfer target.
Newcastle have been scouting Hoffenheim’s 22-year-old Brazilian striker Joelinton whose transfer fee could be over £40M, but there were some signs last week that Rafa and his scouts could be cooling their interest in the Brazilian at such a price.
But Rafa wants players brought in this summer who can both create chances and score goals.
That’s been a weakness of Newcastle over these last two seasons.
And if Mike Ashley is stubborn and refuses to go over £12M for Rondon – it could even be a deal-breaker for Rafa because he will see it will be the same old same old at Newcastle with our miserly owner.