Recent reports have suggested that West Bromwich Albion striker Salomon Rondon will be reunited with former manager Rafael Benitez in the Chinese Super League this summer after agreeing a move to Dalian Yifang. The fee for the transfer is undisclosed but is supposedly more than what any English club had been prepared to pay.
Benitez and Rondon were together at Newcastle last season, although the Venezuelan was on loan at the Toon as part of a swap deal for Dwight Gayle. The 29-year-old scored 11 goals and assisted seven as Newcastle finished 13th in the Premier League last season.
The undisclosed fee for the transfer has angered many West Brom fans as the club have sold a lot of players in the last two seasons and not signed any replacements. Some Baggies fans believe the owner is pocketing some of the money for himself while providing the club with as little as possible.
Here is the best of the reaction.
#wba have now agreed a fee with Dalian Yifang for Salomon Rondon. Undisclosed, but more than any English clubs were willing to pay. Rondon expected to complete the move this week
— Matt Wilson (@mattwilson_star) July 15, 2019
In a couple of months we’ve lost 13 players and brought in 1.
Can’t see anywhere near 12 players coming in during the next two weeks.
— Bomber’s Boots (@BombersBoots) July 15, 2019
I’m all for us being financially stable, but is *all* of the money going to go on new players? Has all the Chadli money been spent? Has all the Saido money been spent?? Will all the Rondon money be re-invested, or will another big load “go missing”?
— inderjit singh (@DesiBaggie) July 15, 2019
— Mat Jephcott (@MatJephcott) July 15, 2019
I just don’t get it. These days, £16.5m just isn’t that much for a striker that will get you 10+ Premier League goals. Don’t understand why nobody would pay it.
— Ben Hemmings (@BaggieBen) July 15, 2019
I dont care what the fee is I just wanna see some player bought, not loaned, a rb, ch, cm, winger and 2 strikers are needed asap of quality
— AdKido44 (@AdKido44) July 16, 2019
We really don’t need to wait until the deal is completed to buy players. It’s just cash flow which I’m sure we can manage. Rondon will be sold and if we keep delaying we’ll end up with the players no one wants or are overpriced. Find your targets and get it done
— Paul McCudden (@niknakdaddymac) July 16, 2019
More money in the bank for no one to spend
— pete (@Pete523) July 15, 2019
That’ll be player number 14 leaving the club this summer. One player in. Three weeks left. That means 4 players a week coming in. Really??? Dreadful management by the top brass… Disgraceful in fact! #LaiOut #DowlingOut #WBA
— Mark ‘Boing’ Walker (@MarkBoingWalker) July 15, 2019