According to Guillem Balague, Newcastle were one of the sides trying to sign Salomon Rondon this month – but Dalian Yifang refused to let him go.
This comes after the Chinese Super League was ‘postponed indefinitely’ after an outbreak of coronavirus – something that led several to be believe the former NUFC striker would be allowed to leave on loan.
Balague claims that ourselves, Man Utd and “practically all the bottom 8 sides in the Premier League” were keen, however Rafa Benitez’s side are unwilling to let him leave:
In fairness, I don’t blame Benitez and co for refusing to let him go – even if the CSL has been temporarily postponed for the foreseeable future.
He wasn’t allowed to sign the 30-year-old for £16.5m after a 12-goal, 7 assist season on Tyneside, so I doubt he’d let us have him on loan for a few months.
That said, it seemed Rondon’s wage demands were an issue when a permanent deal was discussed last summer – and they may have been a problem if we pursued any loan deal this month, with him said to be on HUGE money out in China.