Sky Sports reports that European powerhouses Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan are eyeing up a move for West Bromwich Albion striker Salomon Rondon. The Venezuelan international forward is expected to leave the Hawthorns following their relegation into the Sky Bet Championship.
The player has a £16million release clause after the Baggies saw their prolonged stay in the Premier League come to an end. This is alerted several clubs in Europe, as well as West Ham United, with new manager Manuel Pellegrini believed to be a fan of the hard-working front man. Rondon now has a decision to make regarding his future.
Last January, it is believed that Antonio Conte looked into the prospect of bringing the player to Stamford Bridge and boost his Chelsea squad. With the Italian rumoured to be leaving this summer, it is unlikely that they will reignite that interest at this stage.
Rondon has been on the books at West Brom since a £12million from Zenit St Petersburg of the Russian Premier League. The club are set to make a profit on any sale, even if only just. Parachute payments mean the club aren’t really under any pressure to sell players, but the clause in this particular contract means that their hands are tied to a degree. Last season, the 28-year-old netted ten goals for the club in all competitions, but it wasn’t enough to ensure they avoided relegation. This included a strike against Liverpool during their 2-2 home draw as recently as April. Newly appointed manager Darren Moore is likely to plan for next season without the player leading his attack.