The Venezuelan striker is said to be keen to end his spell in China where he was managed by Rafael Benitez at Dalian Professional until the latter returned to England.
It is understood that Rondon would be able to negotiate the termination his contract with the Chinese club in order to return to the Premier League as a free agent.
The Telegraph suggest that Everton will try and sign him before Tuesday whereas the Liverpool Echo report that it's more about Rondon hoping that Benitez wants to manage him again.
Update Sky Sports reported on Sunday that Everton have now opened talks over the transfer of Rondon from Dalian Professional.
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1 Posted 27/08/2021 at 23:53:48
2 Posted 27/08/2021 at 23:54:44
3 Posted 27/08/2021 at 00:01:57
4 Posted 28/08/2021 at 02:40:58
Hang on! Let's Bring in Sean Longstaff, Harry Winks, Maitland-Niles and Neil Maupay to really strike fear into the hearts of the Top 12!!
5 Posted 28/08/2021 at 04:43:20
6 Posted 28/08/2021 at 05:09:53
An insurance policy when Calvert-Lewin has an injury, niggle or needs to rest and recover. The system we are adapting means he will slot into it when Calvert-Lewin is out. He is strong and has presence in the box, he can get goals from the bench which is something we have been sorely lacking of late.
He's 32 but that doesn't mean he's a geriatric, as a purely back-up player to keep us strong in times of injury or fixture congestion and someone who will understand and accept his role, a bit like Giroud has done for Chelsea over the last few years.
As a free signing, and as back-up player to Calvert-Lewin, it makes sense.
7 Posted 28/08/2021 at 05:51:51
8 Posted 28/08/2021 at 06:36:28
9 Posted 28/08/2021 at 07:42:37
I know we'd all like to be linked to sexier names, but guess what: sexy names aren't coming here to sit on the bench behind Calvert-Lewin.
10 Posted 28/08/2021 at 07:59:43
Now, say what you like about Rondon but there are two factors here which may just work in our favour:
1. He played his best footie under Rafa and they have a bit of a mutual respect "love-in" thing going on;
2. If I recall, he has previously made positive comments about our fans. There was an incident in a game vs Newcastle a few years back but can't remember the details.
It would be an okay back-up option; my preference would be for 1-year loan.
11 Posted 28/08/2021 at 08:10:31
In previous years, we might have spent tens of millions on this standard of player.
12 Posted 28/08/2021 at 08:16:11
13 Posted 28/08/2021 at 08:18:01
Stop messing and get Jesse. With Ronaldo signed, they will need to make space, he lives in the North-West... no-brainer!
14 Posted 28/08/2021 at 08:18:54
Are you seriously comparing him to Giroud? A serial cup winner with club and country. Just because they're around the same age, certainly doesn't mean that they're of the same standard. It would mean just another sub-standard player getting in the way of our youth players coming through.
15 Posted 28/08/2021 at 08:26:35
As a man approaching 61, with a few foot issues myself, I can honestly say that I feel more involved with this new type of football and the great news is that wonderful old players, Morgan Schneiderlin, Per Krøldrup and Antolin Alcaraz have all been signed for our first team. Rondon will provide some youthfull vigour.
16 Posted 28/08/2021 at 08:36:04
1) Richarlison stays and Rondon is backup only – if Richarlison goes, we need an equal calibre goalscorer.
2) On a free, not a loan (need to save the loans and use elsewhere, ideally Dalot and Malang Sarr for me).
3) 1+1 deal maximum on reasonable wage with the optional extra year our call.
Ideal squad come 1 September...
Dalot Godfrey Sarr Digne
Gray Allan Doucouré Diaz
Coleman Mina Holgate Nkounkou
Townsend Gomes Davies Iwobi
17 Posted 28/08/2021 at 08:37:04
Still don't want him though.
18 Posted 28/08/2021 at 08:55:44
19 Posted 28/08/2021 at 09:58:53
Although surely Beni knows his take-away consumption from managing him there. I'm all for it.
20 Posted 28/08/2021 at 10:01:21
I reckon Rondon may be more useful than a few of you perceive. In his last season under Benitez he scored 11 goals in 32 games for a very poor Newcastle. Hes strong as an ox and by all accounts a very solid and reliable professional. Perfect attitude for a bench player.
A free transfer probably on mid level wages for 2 years. Id say its a no-brainer and that he could be a very solid back up for very little outlay.
Id prefer Edouard but he will cost money. If we get Diaz, Rondon and a right back (Patterson, Dalot, Maitland-Niles) I would be pretty content. Sensible if unspectacular business, the opposite of whats gone before arguably.
21 Posted 28/08/2021 at 10:23:20
22 Posted 28/08/2021 at 10:26:33
23 Posted 28/08/2021 at 10:28:27
24 Posted 28/08/2021 at 10:31:15
25 Posted 28/08/2021 at 10:43:55
26 Posted 28/08/2021 at 10:45:53
27 Posted 28/08/2021 at 10:55:37
28 Posted 28/08/2021 at 11:04:05
29 Posted 28/08/2021 at 12:15:50
30 Posted 28/08/2021 at 13:09:50
On the face of it not an appetizing prospect but understandable from the Mosh stand point and with todays modern players being much of a muchness a gilt edged opportunity for a good coach to do "something".
Quite hopeful from what I've seen so far
31 Posted 28/08/2021 at 13:15:57
32 Posted 28/08/2021 at 17:05:07
Townsend hasn't been too terrible either - both signed for buttons and offering pace and guile on the flanks to feed our top 2.
You may also have seen that we've done the BIG SPENDER routine and that didn't work out so well, so maybe it's not terrible to try a different tact?
N.b. I do agree on Maupay mind.
33 Posted 28/08/2021 at 21:45:11
34 Posted 28/08/2021 at 23:19:24
It's also mentioned that he wants to leave China so he must understand that his wages will drop dramatically? Not a problem if he isn't greedy or hasn't blown the massive amount of money he will have earned over the years.
On the right terms, seems like he could be worth a go as a back-up striker to bolster the squad.
35 Posted 28/08/2021 at 23:40:53
We have no one like Calvert-Lewin in the squad and for free and low wages Rondon as a bench-warmer makes sense.
36 Posted 28/08/2021 at 23:47:16
I concur. A here-and-now, experienced back-up makes sense. As for sell-on value, is that even a thing at Everton?
37 Posted 29/08/2021 at 01:52:53
Has anyone thought, that, if Rafa Benitez thinks you're a good player, there's a fair chance he's right?!
38 Posted 29/08/2021 at 02:07:37
Benitez thinking someone would be a worthwhile addition to Everton doesn't equate to him thinking they're better than mid-table level.
39 Posted 29/08/2021 at 09:41:20
Obviously the former, but you know what I mean like. Rondon is a decent, solid pro. Benitez is concentrating on the now so I agree with Ernie.
40 Posted 29/08/2021 at 09:46:30
Moyes, when he went to Manchester United, didn't cast his new found riches and net. He came for Baines and Fellani.
Benitez is doing similar. Townsend and the back-up keeper. Links with Rondon and (I forget his name), the midfielder. But then he's brought in Gray who is quickly turning into a fans' favourite and I'm sure there will be a couple more comings and goings before the deadline.
Like with their backroom staff, it's what most managers do. It's what I and others do in all of our professional lives when hiring people.
41 Posted 29/08/2021 at 10:13:18
42 Posted 29/08/2021 at 10:22:57
43 Posted 29/08/2021 at 12:51:46
44 Posted 29/08/2021 at 12:55:31
Given Benitez knows exactly what he can deliver and Rondon knows exactly what the manager wants. Another good thing is he knows he would be an impact sub or back-up.
45 Posted 29/08/2021 at 15:43:08
46 Posted 29/08/2021 at 17:00:34
As our next level will be above 10th place that we achieved last season, what we have so far signed plus the type of player the manager prefers, I believe we can reach at least 8th and that will take us to a higher level than last season.
As far as signing Rondon, we have been associated with so many players in this transfer window, I will believe it when I see it.
47 Posted 29/08/2021 at 18:06:34
Yer know, just like what you did with Walcott.
I thought we played the perfect away game yesterday. Hope Allan and Gray can keep their fitness and form.
48 Posted 29/08/2021 at 18:47:40
Well said. Its a decent stop gap. Free. Reduced wages. Won't expect to be starting. Mutual respect with Rafa. Look how Townsend and Gray have turned out :D
49 Posted 29/08/2021 at 19:37:14
50 Posted 29/08/2021 at 20:29:19
If all you can do is moan, it's probably you and not the club!
51 Posted 29/08/2021 at 20:40:18
52 Posted 29/08/2021 at 20:58:06
53 Posted 29/08/2021 at 21:02:25
54 Posted 29/08/2021 at 21:11:06
55 Posted 29/08/2021 at 21:14:32
Rondon is fuck all like Josh King.
Could be a good bit of business this. He's a menace.
56 Posted 29/08/2021 at 21:18:48
57 Posted 29/08/2021 at 21:25:41
“Salomon Rondon in 18-19 put up 11 goals & 7 assists in 2600 Premier League minutes for a Newcastle team that only scored 42. I don't believe Everton have had more than 1 player put up 18 open play goal contributions since 2000. If he's cheap and allows us to buy RB/RW, no problem.”
I wonder if any of the people saying he's not good enough said the same about Gray and Townsend?
58 Posted 29/08/2021 at 21:35:45
I think Van Dijk is a very good player, but he wouldn't go near Rondon, until he ran out steam around the 70-minute mark that night. Probably because he knew he couldn't bully him, and waited until Rondon, who was playing up front by himself, had ran himself into the ground.
59 Posted 29/08/2021 at 21:55:06
His strong point is his aerial ability, which is also Calvert-Lewin's strong point. When we need to cross the ball, someone to hold it up, and rely on set pieces, he'll be a good option to have. Benitez has worked with him and he knows what he can do. He's also readily available – obviosuly will need a wage cut.
At 31, for the style of player he is, he's got plenty of gas left in the tank.
This, along with Townsend and Gray are the sort of deal we used to make when we were a half decent team.
Someone like Edouard would probably be more exciting and maybe better in the long run – but it is not a guarantee. With limited funds, we need to shop smart.
60 Posted 29/08/2021 at 22:09:04
61 Posted 29/08/2021 at 22:20:42
Looking at Brands and Walsh's incoming players, I am happy to take Benetiz choices for now.
Moyes and Benitez are similar, both have their own style and preferred to bring their own players in, rather than work with a Director of Football.
If things carry on in a positive way under Rafa, I would not be suprised if we let Brands leave, and leave future transfers to Rafa.
62 Posted 29/08/2021 at 22:22:49
I think he was on something like £70k at Newcastle and Id expect him to be on similar if he wanted to come to Everton but we shall see.
63 Posted 29/08/2021 at 23:03:06
64 Posted 29/08/2021 at 23:08:01
Those were some days, but needs must and let's see.
65 Posted 29/08/2021 at 23:59:20
Sometimes we just have to except managers will bring in their own staff. We can have an opinion, but some of the best signings have been the less glamorous as you call out.
Paul Power. Remember how underwhelmed we were on that one? A veteran from a Man City side that probably wasn't as good as Newcastle Utd are now. Brought in as cover and ended up being a mainstay of a title winning side.
66 Posted 30/08/2021 at 09:07:50
What the fuck – to my amusement, Rondon, a major signing? What nonsense is this? A 31-year-old, drawing his last fat salary in the Chinese Super League?
Hopefully some positive news on Luis Diaz from Porto... yes... please. Send James Rodriguez there, paying him without playing, just ain't right...
67 Posted 30/08/2021 at 11:08:00
68 Posted 30/08/2021 at 11:36:55
69 Posted 30/08/2021 at 11:52:31
70 Posted 30/08/2021 at 11:55:39
71 Posted 30/08/2021 at 12:15:11
He'll be on a big salary in China as that is the only reason anyone would play there. Whether it is £250k or £125k a week, it doesn't represent value when we are trying to get the wage bill down.
Give this a massive swerve.
72 Posted 30/08/2021 at 12:52:02
73 Posted 30/08/2021 at 13:01:17
Just been watching Sky Sports and looks like this is on.
Interestingly, Leicester apparently in talks with RB Leipzig for Lookman.
74 Posted 30/08/2021 at 13:14:37
Lets face it, apart from the right back area we have done a lot of the hard work on signings over the last few years. Gray was a signing that really gives us balance and allows us to play on the front foot more.
Seems like Lookman and Vlassic could both make it back to the prem this window. Wonder if we have sell on fees for them both?
75 Posted 30/08/2021 at 13:20:03
76 Posted 30/08/2021 at 13:27:25
Of topic slightly, but when we talk of academies, there's another good one. Hadjuk Split.
West Ham for £25M. Seen as better value than a similar price tag for Lingard according to the Guardian report.
Still only 23.
77 Posted 30/08/2021 at 13:42:53
Danny, if we get James off our books l wouldn't mind Lingard. Does he really want to spend the season on the bench again after last seasons impact? I will be suprised if Vlassic goes to West Ham and achieves half of what Lingard did.
78 Posted 30/08/2021 at 13:50:02
79 Posted 30/08/2021 at 15:13:13
Ainsley is versatile and under-rated. Another case of face don't fit, like Demarai. Needs some luuuurve.
80 Posted 30/08/2021 at 16:46:07
Benitez is really pragmatic in the transfer market, he doesn't moan and I totally respect his approach and attitude.
81 Posted 30/08/2021 at 18:28:21
82 Posted 30/08/2021 at 20:17:13
Hate to say it but we never replaced Lukaku and we are still suffering for it.
83 Posted 30/08/2021 at 20:35:24
It's interesting that Nikola Vlasic is possibly going to the Hammers. It's too late (I know). But I wish we kept him and Lookman.
84 Posted 30/08/2021 at 20:44:39
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