Barcelona are reportedly considering launching a bid for West Bromwich Albion striker Salomon Rondon. The 26-year-old Venezuelan has emerged as an unlikely candidate to join the Spanish giants, who are in the market for a backup striker.
Luis Enrique's side have been linked with a host of strikers over the summer, but are still to sign a substitute for their superstar trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar. According to MirrorSport, Rondon features on a list of six possible candidates the club could sign to provide support to their much-hyped South American triumvirate.
Albion's players and staff are reportedly worried that Barcelona may now firm up their interest in Rondon with a bid for the striker. Other names to appear on their list of six players include Newcastle United's Ayoze Perez, Atletico Madrid's Luciano Vietto and AC Milan's Carlos Bacca, all of whom are currently being monitored by the Catalans.
Rondon, who previously played in Spain with Las Palmas and Malaga, joined the Baggies for £12m ($15.6m) last season and subsequently scored nine Premier League goals. However, he could soon return to La Liga to join Barcelona, where he would be a relatively inexpensive alternative to Messi, Neymar and Suarez.
Barcelona have made four additions to their squad this summer, having already signed Andre Gomes, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Digne and Denis Suarez. However, Enrique has admitted they would still like to strengthen their squad. "I believe that some players will come and some players will leave," Enrique told a press conference on Tuesday (16 August).