£16m Rondon could replace Batshuayi and provide more physicality at Chelsea

Chelsea are one of three Premier League clubs who are in the chase for Salomon Rondon from relegated West Bromwich Albion, according to the Daily Mirror. 

What’s the story, then?

The Mirror report that despite the uncertainty over the future of Antonio Conte and the identity of his potential successor, the Blues are ready to battle top six rivals Tottenham and fellow London neighbours West Ham United for the 28-year-old striker.

They go on to say that their interest has been piqued by the powerhouse’s £16m release clause following the Baggies relegation to the Championship and that Darren Moore is resigned to losing the striker.

Rondon could replace Batshuayi

Chelsea’s attack lacked physicality and bite for much of the season, with the January arrival of Olivier Giroud bringing a focal point but more is needed.

Michy Batshuayi flourished in the Bundesliga, given a shot of confidence by departing Stamford Bridge and few could blame him if he wanted to return to Borussia Dortmund this summer.

With Alvaro Morata also struggling for confidence and to deal with the expectation of leading an elite attack, another physical presence could help Chelsea regain their edge and give Eden Hazard a consistent presence to bounce off, playing balls into and springing in behind for lay-offs.

Giroud can do that but Rondon offers slightly more in the way of power and pace and knows what the Premier League is all about by now. For £16m, it wouldn’t be a bad deal.