According to Sky Sports live transfer tracker (Sunday July 7th – 14:16), West Brom striker Salamon Rondon is involved in a transfer tug-o-war with Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang keen to sign him.
Of course, Rondon played under Dalian Yifang’s new manager, Rafa Benitez, when the Spaniard was in charge of Newcastle United last season in the Premier League. It was a season where the on-loan West Brom striker largely impressed – scoring 11 goals across 32 Premier League game for the Toon.
Venezuelan striker Rondon signed for the Baggies from Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg in August 2015 for a fee approaching £15.5million. He has featured in 128 games for the Hawthorns outfit, scoring 28 goals and 10 assists.
However, upon West Brom’s relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2017/18 season, it was clear that Rondon was not up for a stretch in the Sky Bet Championship hence the season-long move to Premier League Newcastle.
West Brom’s failure to win promotion back to the Premier League last season has likely called time on the 74-cap/24-goal Venezuelan’s career at the club. With an international pedigree of that standard, it is inconceivable that he’s going to hang around in the second tier next season.
He impressed enough at Newcastle to consider being kept on their, although the change in management structure could be a hindrance in that pursuit. Yet, with Benitez said wanting to take him to China and Dalian Yafing, perhaps this is the best option for all concerned.
It just remains a matter of that £16million release clause.