Rondon has been excellent for Newcastle this season, with his 9 strikes and 5 assist contributing to 45% of our goals – not to mention being an superb focal point and target man for us.
It was reported last week that a £16.5m release clause would be reactivated this summer if West Brom don’t bounce back immediately, but Lee Ryder’s latest piece states that we’d be faced with a fee of £20m plus if they were promoted:
“Rondon’s complex contract with Albion means that a £16.5m release clause must be met if his parent club fails to win promotion, but if the Baggies return to the Premier League they will have to shell out north of £20m for his services, according to sources at the Hawthorns.
“If United don’t pay the money and West Brom do go up, he could well see out the final year of his contract in blue-and-white stripes, although he loves life on Tyneside.”
West Brom currently sit 4th in the Championship after the harsh sacking of boss Darren Moore, looking certain to enter the lottery of the play offs. We of course know first hand how difficult it is to bounce straight back up and with this development on Rondon, Newcastle fans will be hoping the Baggies stay in the second tier for another year at least.
Ashley is reportedly already balking at the £16.5m fee – this was the reason we only secured a Venezuelan on a loan deal rather than a permanent transfer in the first place. Most football savvy onlookers would realise that fee is a steal for a proven Premier League striker – and a player who has become central to our style of play.
However, this is Mike Ashley – someone who doesn’t take success on the pitch into account and with Rondon only having one year left on his contract and being over 30 – expect this to be an uphill battle for Benitez to get the deal sanctioned. As always, nothing is straight forward with Newcastle…