Newcastle United’s former boss Rafa Benitez is reportedly eyeing a move for Salomon Rondon at Dalian Yifang this summer.
Newcastle fans were left disappointed after the Spaniard failed to agree new terms at St James’ Park this summer.
He eventually left to take over at the Chinese Super League side. One of the contentious issues surrounding Benitez’s contract talks at Newcastle appeared to be the club’s transfer policy. Benitez wanted to keep West Brom loanee Rondon. However, at 29-years-old, he did not fit the club’s transfer policy – as reported by The Guardian.
No such issues will stop him bringing the striker to China. The Times reports that Dalian are ready to pay £16 million for the Venezuelan this summer.
Dalian’s current foreign player quote is full after the recent signings of Marek Hamsik and Emmanuel Boateng. However, Belgian international Yannick Carrasco was recently suspended by the club, as reported by Goal, and is widely expected to leave the club. Rondon could, therefore, fill his foreign player spot
Newcastle fans grew to love Rondon last season and seeing him join up with Benitez will undoubtedly sting.
Here is some of the best reaction to the report on Twitter…
Why wouldn’t he, top striker, cheap price
— Mark Blades (@Mark_Blades) July 6, 2019
Both are required but neither are wanted.
— Thom Newman (@TheThomEmpire) July 6, 2019
Rafa getting the band back together!
— Cal Nixon (@Nxn10) July 6, 2019
Good luck if so. He is one of very few recent loanees who every fan will look back fondly of. I hope he stays at WBA and get the chance to come back to SJP so we can thank him one more time. That’s if I go back like
— Dean Richardson (@DeanRich4) July 6, 2019
Out of the Chinese league or the hammers I hope he doesn’t take the easy option. West ham will pay him handsomely and will have a go in the cups atleast. Maybe Europe
— Liàm MacRaibhaigh II (@MrA_Bealfeirste) July 6, 2019
From Rondon and Rafa…
…to Joselu and Redfearn.
— Sam GC (@Funguslover) July 6, 2019
Rafa & Rondon > Redfearn & Joselu.
— NUFCblog.co.uk (@NUFCblogcouk) July 6, 2019
What is so frustrating about Newcastle is that they didn’t actually need much investment this year to get a top 10 finish.
£16M for Rondon
Rafa would’ve stayed, Perez would’ve stayed.
£8-£10M on two full backs and roughly £30M to replace Hayden/Shelvey.#NUFC
— mike (@MikeBakr) July 6, 2019