If Salomon Rondon has proven anything this season it’s that the Magpies need him and that he’s more than good enough to cut it for a relegation-threatened side in the Premier League. However, it seems some people at St James Park aren’t entirely convinced, as The Daily Mail is reporting that the Geordies are reluctant to pay his buyout clause.
#NUFC are reluctant to pay over £12million to make Salomon Rondon’s move from West Brom permanent in the summer. The Venezuela international has scored ten goals for Newcastle this season while on loan from West Brom and has a buy out clause set at £16.5million. [Daily Mail]
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) April 3, 2019
If this is the case the Magpies will be absolutely furious. At the moment the reports claim that Newcastle United are ready to part with a fee of around £12 million for the Venezuelan striker, yet with a buyout clause in the 29-year-old’s West Brom contract of just a few million more at £16.5 million, the Magpies are being petty. The worry is that this pettiness could cost them the goal-machine in the summer.
So far this season, the Geordies have seen their on-loan front-man bag an impressive nine Premier League goals and five assists, and without his important contribution, they would certainly be facing a nervous few weeks ahead. The article does claim that the club are looking at other strikers, including the young Joelinton at Hoffenheim, yet the Geordies want to stick with what they know and are desperate to just throw the Rondon money at West Brom.
You can read the Magpies’ thoughts on the Rondon situation here:
Almost a million quid a goal, that's a good deal in today's football. You'd pay 38 mil for a striker to score one every game wouldn't you
— LP (@____LP____) April 3, 2019
This club can go nowhere, so long as Mike Ashley remains. The word cancer is such a strong, emotional word.
He genuinely is a cancer to this football club. Newcastle as a city and football as a sport.
The beautiful game? Or the ugly game?
— NICKY (@fORgEtMeAlWays_) 3 April 2019
Frig sake. only at toon, as always
— ian douglas (@Ian1973) April 3, 2019
It's a no brainer @nufc buy buy buy @salorondon23 Mike. Still got best years 4_5 years sign him up what else is out there for 16 million that scores goals on a regular basis. Over to you Again @nufc #Howaythelads #ToonArmy
— Wayne (@MagpieMoto) April 3, 2019
Price shouldn't matter, signing Rondon and Rafa long term should be the priority.
— Simon Hardy (@simonhardy07) April 3, 2019
For goodness sake, don't be daft. £12M in today's market is an absolute bargain.
— ohio toon (@OhioToon) April 3, 2019
We paid £1M for Antonio Barreca's loan, he's played like 5 minutes in total. Ffs surely can't be such a problem fork out the £16M for Rondon..
— Kaki (@7Kakii) April 3, 2019
Yet we have TWO players on loan there. Which could cover most of Rondon's price if we sold one of them to them. It's real strange.
— David Vardy (@XVardy1) April 3, 2019
What a farce! 16.5 is a pinch the way football money is these days
— Jack HendersonTaylor (@JackHT1987) April 3, 2019
The Geordies cannot believe that they’re getting caught up on £4.5 million which could jeopardise the transfer of this season’s saviour, and if this is a hint of things to come they’ll hope Rafa Benitez has some good 4th choice signings in mind in the summer.