Malaga Pricing Salomon Rondon Out Of Premiership Move?
Oil-funded Malaga are looking to compete with the best sides in La Liga and they hope that a summer splurge will show their rivals, Barcelona and Real Madrid, that they mean business.
But with the UEFA Fair Play Policy coming into action very soon, Malaga will need to offload a few talents in order to create a transfer budget for the summer, and their most likely expensive offload will be 22 year old Rondon.
Salomon Rondon is said to have attracted Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs and 3 “unnamed German sides”, but who should Rondon move to if the three offers from the Premier League are accepted?
To be frank, Chelsea should be the last resort in terms of game time. With their front three next season involving names such as Torres, Mata, Hazard, Sturridge, Marin, Lukaku and de Bruyne, it is obvious that Rondon would struggle to gain a place on the bench, let alone in first team football. Not only this, but with Chelsea linked to talents such as Hulk and Doumbia, Abromovich never buys the cheaper option and it doesn’t look like he will start doing that now.
Although Rondon will be more likely to play regularly at Liverpool in comparison to Chelsea, Liverpool won’t be able to compete with the likes of Germany’s clubs or even Spurs to buy the 22 year old. After only being able to win the Carling Cup last season and only secure European football on that basis, Liverpool failed to receive a hefty reward for their Premier League finish, unlike Spurs who although failed to secure Champions League football, they still were rewarded with a fourth place finish sum of money.
However, with Rondon being valued as £20 million according to the Daily Star, this means that majority of Liverpool’s summer budget will be spent on one single purchase, despite Suarez and Carroll playing regularly and finding form towards the end of the season.
With Spurs currently having only one striker, Jermain Defoe, there is no doubt that by the end of the transfer window, Tottenham will have at least 2 more additions to the strike force. But in the form of Rondon is another question. To be honest, for a team who are looking to consolidate top four football, Spurs need to find a striker who consistently scores 15 goals a season, something which Rondon can not promise despite his young age.
In 72 appearances for the club, the Venezuelan striker has scored only 27 goals. Now of course with the likes of Bale and Lennon feeding Rondon the ball this tally would increase, but for £20 million I am not convinced he is worth the large transfer sum.
So all in all, with the ambitious transfer figure of £20 million, it will be more likely for Rondon to move to the German League than any of the above clubs.