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Is Rondon A Target For Roberto Di Matteo, Or Arsene Wenger?

Chelsea and Arsenal both ponder moves the Malaga hit man.

Jose Salomon Rondon is the subject of mooted interest from a couple of Premier League powerhouse’s. One of which, according to the Daily Mail, is European Champions Chelsea.

Whether Roberto Di Matteo actually gets a say in this particular transfer after being begrudgingly appointed by Roman Abramovic this week is another matter, but it’s reported that The Blues (Roman Abramovic) sees the striker as a far younger like for like replacement for Didier Drogba.

Unfortunately for Chelsea fans still mourning the departure of their talisman, the new star under consideration isn’t quite as prolific as the Ivorian, proven in his record of 11 goals in 40 appearances for Malaga last season. That shouldn’t however detract from the part the Venezuelan played in his sides charge towards the Champions League and, at 22, there’s plenty of room for improvement.

But it’s not just the headline grabbers who fancy adding to their basket this summer.

The Daily Star attempts to trump their compatriots at the Mail by revealing Arsenal are menacingly preparing an £11 million bid for the forward. After the signing of Lukas Podolski and the recent revelation that Montpellier forward Olivier Giroud is likely to find himself at The Emirates next season, the rumour is likely to only spark unrest amoungst The Gunners faithful, still awaiting news of any sort of commitment from captain Robin Van Persie.

Rondon would however bring some much needed presence in an attack no doubt still reeling from the departures of mercurial talents Nicklas Bendtner and Marouane Chamakh, and again, it should be acknowledged that most clubs would profit from such an improving player still in his early twenties.

Whether that applies enough to these two clubs is hard to tell. Arsenal’s main concern after tying up a deal for Giroud should clearly be the future of their heroic Dutchman, but if matters continue to look fruitless, they could do a lot worse for £11 million.

As for Chelsea you get the impression their owner has bigger fish to fry, with the £32 million purchase of Hazard likely to be followed up by a massive bid for Porto striker Hulk.

After that, parhaps they’ll let their new manager make a bid for someone.

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