Chelsea and Tottenham are both vying for the signature of Salomon Rondon, who has been made available by West Bromwich Albion for £16 million.
According to The Mirror, Salomon Rondon is due to return to the Premier League for the upcoming season, despite West Brom’s relegation woes. The Baggies have made the striker available for £16 million, which has seen the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham United take a keen interest in the Venezuelan.
Salomon Rondon arrived in the Premier League in the summer of 2015, with West Brom opting to strengthen their attack. But, the striker has failed to have the desired impact, not being able to post double-figure returns in terms of goals in any of the three Premier League seasons.
With West Brom suffering relegation, Rondon has been tipped to leave the Baggies in search of top-flight football. And chances are, he will be granted his wish, with a London battle at hand. Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham have all been linked to the 28-year-old, according to reports.
Chelsea have Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud as the options upfront. But, while the former has not exactly set the Bridge alight with his talked-about finishing ability, which was one of the reasons Chelsea swept in to land the Spaniard, Giroud is seen only as a backup option at the Bridge.
To add to it, Morata has been linked with a move away from the club, which accentuates the need to sign a quality centre-forward. Tottenham, on the other hand, need an able deputy to Harry Kane. Fernando Llorente has done a commendable job but a slightly more agile presence is warranted by the football that Tottenham play.
West Brom are open to selling the Venezuelan for £16 million as the Baggies could also use the inflow of cash to invest into the squad to aid their mission to get right back to the Premier League.
But, the pinning point would be the viability of Rondon for Chelsea and Tottenham. While the 28-year-old does possess Premier League experience, Rondon’s statistics also prove that he can only be good enough to be a backup option for either club.
On the other hand, the 28-year-old could very well explode onto the scene should he be given a chance at a top club, with West Brom not having the same resources and quality to back their striker up as the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham.