Arsenal Transfer News: Why Gunners Need to Push Harder for Jose Salomon Rondon

Andrew WallockContributor IJuly 17, 2012

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 18:  Salomon Rondon (L) of Malaga in action against Lassana Diarra of Real Madrid during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Malaga CF at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 18, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Now's the time for the Gunners if they hope to pull in another solid transfer name, since many other clubs (Manchester United and Chelsea, to name a few) have added solid names like Shinji Kagawa and Eden Hazard to their squads. Tottenham Hotspur is making a move for Jose Salomon Rondon, so the Arsenal need to act quickly. 

Arsenal has been rumored to be in the running for Malaga striker Rondon, even after manager Arsene Wegner signed French forward Oliver Giroud for a transfer fee of £13 million. Obviously, with that signing, Wegner needs to be a little more careful about who to bring on. 

But with Giroud now on the squad, why do the Gunners need Rondon?

It's simple.

The 22-year-old striker has barely started entering his prime and could spell doom and gloom for opposing Premier League squads if the Arsenal succeed in bringing him on board. Arsenal are willing to offer Rondon €18 million to play for them.

That seems a hefty price for another forward, but it could pay dividends in the future. Rondon has scored 27 goals in his past two seasons in La Liga. The only downside to a deal with Rondon would be Chelsea's interest in the Venezuelan star. If a bidding war erupts, the price may become too heavy for the Gunners.

Last season alone, Rondon scored 11 goals for Malaga and qualified them for the Champions League. And with interest from so many Premier League teams, Arsenal should stay in the ring. Tottenham Hotspur is reportedly willing to let Giovanni dos Santos go the other way in a potential signing of the Venezuelan star. 

The club might be moving away from a deal with Rondon, with reported interest now growing in Paulinho and French star M'Baye Niang. 

But they could do much worse than Jose Salomon Rondon.