Chelsea are interested in securing the services of West Bromwich Albion striker Salomón Rondón this summer. According to recent reports, the Blues are hoping to seal a move for the Venezuelan international during this summer transfer period. However, it is believed that the West London side will face stiff competition from West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur in pursuit of the Baggies centre-forward’s signature.
Some sources are now claiming that Rondon will be available for a fee in the region of £16m due to a clause in his contract with the Baggies. The West Midlands side got relegated from the English top-flight which means that the relegation clause will come into effect that could pave the way for him to join the Blues. The 28-year-old joined West Brom from Zenit St. Petersburg in the summer of 2015.
Rondon has put in a number of hard-working performances during the course of last season. He was a willing worker while leading the lines at the Hawthorns and his tremendous work ethic has not gone unnoticed. Chelsea can definitely benefit from having him as a squad player as they look to secure a top 4 finish next year.
The Blues ended their season in the 5th spot which means that they only managed to secure a Europa League place for the next campaign. However, Antonio Conte’s men managed to win the FA Cup last weekend when they saw off Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United with a narrow 1-0 scoreline.
The potential acquisition of Rondon will undoubtedly bolster Chelsea’s attacking options ahead of the new season. The Blues have a whole host of attacking players such as Eden Hazard, Alvaro Morata, Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi competing for a starting berth in their first-team. The addition of Rondon will improve their team and add more competition for places within the Chelsea squad.
The Venezuelan captain has featured in 40 matches for West Brom last season, scoring 10 goals while grabbing 4 assists in all competitions. Rondon has also earned 67 international caps for the Venezuelan national team and has 19 international goals to his name. At 28, he still has a few years left in him to play at a high level which the Blues could look to utilise in the years to come. It remains to be seen what lies ahead in the future of Rondon and whether he ends up plying his trade at Stamford Bridge next season.