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)
In case you hadn't heard, Malaga CF have completed the sale of striker Salomon Rondon to Russian Premier League side Rubin Kazan. It's also been confirmed by Rubin on their official site. The fee was not released by either club, but the price for the 22 year-old striker had previously been rumored to be in the neighborhood of £10 million.
Because I've been living under a rock for the last week I have almost no idea what is going on with Malaga. Their either broke or they're not. They're not paying wages and they're selling their stars, but the club is also in the midst of being taken over. I suppose I could do a little research and figure it all out, but chances are I'd still be slightly mystified as to why a team playing in the Champions League is selling off all it's most prized assets (Oh hai Udinese!).
Some on this site, namely Kevin, expressed little interest in Rondon. I have to say that I agree with him on this, but it would have been nice to have someone! The Venezualen striker certainly has the technical and physical tools to be an excellent striker in the Premier League (or any league for that matter), but his performances in La Liga were, in my opinion, a bit underwhelming the last two years.
Sure, at 22 Rondon is younger than Leandro Damiao and he's been "tested" against top-level European competition, but there's something to be said for just putting the ball in the back of the net, which Rondon doesn't do consistently enough at this point. Either way, this is another miss on another decent striker for Tottenham Hotspur. This is getting demoralizing.