According to the Times, Manchester United are now targeting a shock move for Salomon Rondon.
This comes from North-East reporter Martin Hardy, who claims that the Red Devils now want the former Newcastle United loan star after missing out on Krzysztof Piatek – the Polish striker who we were heavily linked with prior to his £23m move to Hertha Berlin.
Rondon is currently playing under Rafa Benitez at Dalian Yifang, but with the Chinese Super League now ‘postponed’ after an outbreak of coronavirus, he could be allowed to leave on loan.
Here’s a snippet from the Times‘ latest piece on the 30-year-old Venezuelan:
Salomón Rondón is a transfer target for Manchester United after the club missed out on the AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek, who is expected to move to Hertha Berlin for £23 million.
Rondón, the former West Bromwich Albion striker, could be available on loan after the Chinese Super League cancelled the start date of the new season because of the escalation of the coronavirus epidemic. A new start date has not been announced.
Rondón, 30, moved to Dalian Yifang, managed by Rafa Benitez whom the striker played under during a loan spell at Newcastle United in 2018-19 where he scored 11 Premier League goals, for £16.5 million in July.
United were close to a deal to sign Piątek on an 18-month loan with an obligation to sign the Poland striker in the summer of 2021. However Hertha Berlin have acted swiftly in the past two days and appear close to a permanent deal, where the 24-year-old will earn £80,000 per week. Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea also held talks to sign Piątek but only on loan.
This isn’t the first former Newcastle United striker Man Utd have been tipped to sign on loan this month, with Islam Slimani also said to be on Solksjaer’s radar.
Refusing to make Rondon’s loan move a permanent one last summer was a tough one to take (even if he was demanding big money), but him signing for Man Utd would be a bitter pill to swallow.