We have been linked with a number of forwards this summer, and the latest in a long line is Zenit St Petersburg’s Salomon Rondon, according to Sky Sports. The report claims we are contemplating a £15m move for the Venezuelan, who is currently away on international duty at the Copa America.
Rondon has moved around a lot in his career, but has scored goals everywhere he’s gone. Having started out in Aragua back in Venezuela, he broke into the first team at just 17-years-old. He made the switch to Spain two years later, joining UD Las Palmas in the Canary Islands.
The South American forward then spent time at Malaga and Rubin Kazan, before eventually being snapped up by Zenit in January 2014 – where he currently plies his trade.
He hasn’t spent more than two seasons at a club (at senior level) in his entire career, so after a season and a half at Zenit it’s highly possible he is ready to move on.
Position and characteristics:
The 25-year-old is an out and out striker, and is ill suited to being deployed anywhere else on the field. He operates perfectly as the spearhead in Zenit’s 4-3-3 formation, with Hulk and Danny either side of him – complimenting both men superbly.
He is unlikely to ever get us 30 goals a season, but he definitely knows where the back of the net is. He is capable of taking players on, is certainly no slouch, and he has the strength and power to thrive in the Premier League.