With West Bromwich Albion fans making their thoughts known on how they want Salomon Rondon to remain at the club for our coming Championship test in 2018/19 following relegation from the Premier League last term, Mark Jenkins himself has said we only need ‘small changes’ at the club on a financial front and he’s already eased supporter concerns of a fire sale.
Our ability to keep the Venezuelan international will certainly be tested if a report by Sky Sports this afternoon is to be believed.
With a speculated £16million release fee in his contract, the 28-year-old has already been linked with former Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini following his arrival at West Ham United and some loose links to Leicester City have done the rounds as well. But Sky ‘understand’ that both Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan are now on the radar and keen on a potential move for him.
Following his £12million arrival from Zenit St Petersburg in 2015 he has notched up 28 goals in 102 appearances across all competitions for us, and whilst the strike rate could be better, Rondon has certainly endeared himself to fans with his attitude and his work rate. Sky additionally state that Chelsea were also sniffing around during the January window prior to their signing of Olivier Giroud from Arsenal.
Now, truth and transfer window speculation regularly fail to go hand in hand but in the alternative to nobody being interested in his services, or only one potential suitor, clubs of that ilk will at least ensure we don’t endure a summer of pathetic bids designed to unsettle the player ala Saido Berahino.
Worst case it means we can maximise the fee for reinvestment which is at least something as we look to get back on track.