THREE strikers Benitez could now be set to look at after Salomon Rondon blow

With just a week left to do business and it being reported that our long-winded attempt to sign Salomon Rondon has now ‘stalled’, it looks like Rafa Benitez may be forced to look at other options as far as a new striker is concerned.

A striker is a must so I do see one signing (even if our boards incompetence makes you have serious doubts), but the question is just how good will that one be? Will be pull a rabbit out the hat or will it be another bargain basement buy that strikes of desperation – see £5m Joselu signing this time last summer.

After bad news on the Rondon deal – with it also being claimed today that his £16.5m release clause has ‘expired’ –  here’s three that are very likely to be on Rafa’s ‘radar’ should he decide to look elsewhere:

Divock Origi

The Liverpool striker is someone Rafa tried to sign on loan in the final few days of last year’s summer transfer window and I can see him having another look this time around. He’s back at Anfield after a spell with Wolfsburg last season and more than likely to available on loan once again.



He’s a raw talent but has got into double figures in all competitions over his last two seasons with Liverpool, scoring 21 goals despite being a bit-part player in Jurgen Klopp’s side from 2015-2017. A permanent deal would no doubt be ‘too expensive’ (sigh), but I can see us asking about a loan deal for either him or Danny Ings.

Tammy Abraham

A player Rafa thought he’d signed last summer, only for Swansea to hijack the deal at the 11th hour. A loan deal will not be possible (we already have Kenedy from Chelsea), however it’s been claimed by The Chronicle that Chelsea could cash in on him for around £15m.

It seems we’re reluctant to pay Rondon’s £16.5m release clause due to him nearing his 30’s, but a deal for Abraham would surely be seen as a very shrewd investment given his age and the potential. A sad state of affairs, but maybe Ashley would sanction this deal knowing he’d be worth MUCH more than £15m if he was to have a good season in the Premier League? – Not forgetting he’s a player Rafa clearly rates.

Lucas Perez

A player Benitez confirmed his interest in last summer and one that’s now available on the cheap – meaning this could be a deal right up Mike Ashley’s street.

He turns 30 this year so it doesn’t quite fit in with our buying policy, however Arsenal are believed to be letting him go for just £7m – less than half Rondon’s £16.5m release clause fee.

Perez can play up top or in the number 10 role so this would be a VERY shrewd deal and one we should be all over given A) our need for quality additions in attacking areas and B) the limited budget Benitez is working on.

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7 thoughts on “THREE strikers Benitez could now be set to look at after Salomon Rondon blow

  1. A well run club could have bought 2 of them, loaned the other, whilst selling Gayle and sending The Hoss to the pie factory 😎
    Origi, Muto, PerezL, Abraham and PerezA = a potent force.

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  2. Ashley might see Abraham and Origi as having resale value. Might have more luck selling Gayle (who I hope we keep) and signing one of them PERMANENTLY than perusing Rondon. Made £20m profit anyway this summer. Lowest net spend in the league = joke owner.

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  3. We had a huge 90mil bill off gambling and keeping squad for championship title so we have to balance books again I think Rafa and board are doing great job, shipped out the deadwood and are patient building squad back better with some real bargains and why not , look at stoke city spent fortunes and they were all hopeless and got relegated .so stop moaning lads we are ok and unbeaten

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  4. Alan gibson:
    We had a huge 90mil bill off gamblingand keeping squad for championshiptitle so we have to balance books again I think Rafa and board are doing great job, shipped out the deadwood and are patient building squad back better with some real bargains and why not , look at stoke city spent fortunes and they were all hopeless and got relegated .so stop moaning lads we are ok and unbeaten

    are you mike ashley in disguise u fat slug? we are done unless we buy 3 players including a decent striker who can score 20+ which will never happen gg premier league. at least if we go down again everyone wont be so dumb this time and will stop going to games and buying the slugs merchandise again. 😈

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  5. Alan Gibson are you Ashleys accountant. He’s milking the club dispersing income into Sports Direct and Mash holdings. We have made profits on transfers and tv money last year of over £170 million. Also we cannot get advertising revenue as its all Sports Direct plastered all over the ground , Ashley Out, he is a parasite who should be squashed under foot.

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