Report: Rafa Benitez considering late move to bring £250,000-a-week man to Everton
According to The Telegraph, Rafa Benitez is considering a late move to bring Salomon Rondon back to the Premier League with Everton.
What’s the story?
Well, the Toffees are closing in on a £25m deal to sign FC Porto forward Luis Diaz, with James Rodriguez going the other way.
However, Benitez is also eyeing Rondon, who is currently earning £250,000-a-week playing for Dalian Yifang in the Chinese Super League.
Everton currently have Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison as recognised options at centre-forward.
In that respect, there isn’t loads of depth in that department, even less so after Fabrizio Romano revealed Moise Kean has left.
It may seem quite underwhelming to sign a 31-year-old from China, although this move could be a masterstroke from Benitez.
Everton could find a bargain in Salomon Rondon
As long as he agrees to a significant pay cut, Everton could land a bargain in Rondon.
The 83-cap Venezuela international has scored more goals under Benitez than any other manager he’s had throughout his career, except for Andre Villas-Boas.
For what it’s worth, he only scored one more than that under Villas-Boas, and in a significantly lesser division.
To bag 40 goal involvements for a heavily defensive Newcastle side is some achievement, so perhaps this wouldn’t be the worst deal for Everton.
Benitez can clearly utilise him well.
As we’ve seen in the captures of Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray, the Toffees boss isn’t afraid to sign players with question marks hanging over their head.
Judging by the English duo’s impressive early form on Merseyside, Rondon could well thrive at Goodison Park.