Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News: Spurs Reportedly Raid Malaga for Salomon Rondon
Arsene Wenger has seemingly gotten the steal of the summer by picking up Santi Cazorla from the club for just £17.3 million (per The Daily Mail) after it was revealed that Malaga are in desperate need to sell players to avoid being relegated from La Liga for the upcoming season.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has also caught on to the potential bargains, and according to The Daily Mirror, is looking to bring Malaga striker Rondon to White Hart Lane at a significantly reduced price:
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is trying to gatecrash Malaga's fire-sale with a bargain move for their Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon. 22-year-old Rondon could be auctioned off to ease the club's debts and cash-flow problems.
Malaga want £20 million for Rondon, but Tottenham feel he's worth less than half of that.
For those that aren't completely up to speed on the current situation at Malaga, The Guardian's piece does highlight well the main problems and issues that are affecting how the Spanish club operate over the summer transfer window.
Essentially, they have significant debts and do not have the money to pay them off. They have been warned that if these debts aren't settled by the start of the season, they face relegation from the top tier of Spanish football and lose their UEFA license and Champions League football.
Per The Guardian:
Málaga may facilitate the move but the power vacuum and inertia at the club means that the future is uncertain. If Málaga's Qatari owner, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Thani, does not inject more money, the sale of Cazorla would represent the swiftest way for the Spanish club to cover their debts. If Málaga do not settle those debts by 31 July they face relegation to Second Division B and the loss of their Uefa licence and Champions League participation.
Sources at the club say that his methods are "different" and that they would not be surprised if the money turned up at the last minute but they cannot count on that. While the debt is outstanding, the Spanish league will not allow them to make any signings.
The news about a potential move by Tottenham for Rondon is therefore completely understandable. After all, the player himself has indicated that the club's current financial predicaments could force them into selling players that they would otherwise want to keep.
Per ESPN Soccernet:
We will keep training and not make any rash decisions. We need to keep cool heads but, if the situation is not fixed, it is normal that players would leave.
If someone has to leave, they will leave.
Tottenham Hotspur know that their chances for Rondon have been significantly increased courtesy of Malaga's financial crisis, and they could well land the 22-year-old for the upcoming season.
White Hart Lane has already attracted several stars this summer, including Jan Vertonghen, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Andre Villas-Boas. They have kept their current stars in Gareth Bale and Rafael van der Vaart, and with Rondon, could make a serious challenge once more for their desired Champions League qualification.
Is Salomon Rondon on his way to Tottenham Hotspur?
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