Former Chelsea and Tottenham boss keen to be reunited with Newcastle United target Salomon Rondon

Andre Villas-Boas is keen to be reunited with top Newcastle United target Salomon Rondon at Marseille.

Monday, 17th June 2019, 10:45 am
Updated Monday, 17th June 2019, 19:03 pm
José Salomón Rondón of Venezuela looks on before the Copa America Brazil 2019 Group A match between Venezuela and Peru at Arena do Gremio stadium on June 15, 2019, in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)

Rondon, currently away with his nation Venezuela in the Copa America, is at the top of Rafa Benitez’s transfer priority list, if he stays on as manager at St James’s Park.

But the £16.5million-rated West Brom frontman is also attracting interest from Fenerbahce, Wolves, AS Roma and West Ham United.

Olympique de Marseille's new coach Portuguese Andre Villas-Boas poses with a team jersey during his official presentation to the press on May 29, 2019 at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)

Villas-Boas was manager of Zenit when Rondon left for the Baggies in August 2015, a decision reportedly forced on the Portuguese boss when the Russian Football Union changed their rules to reduce the number of non-Russian players allowed on the field at any one time from seven to six.

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According to a report in La Provence, Marseille want a deal done for the 29-year-old quickly.

Rondon scored 11 Premier League goals in 30 starts for United in 2018/19.

Miguel Almiron, meanwhile, was left in tears after Paraguay’s Copa America opener ended in a draw.

The United midfielder recovered from season-ending hamstring injury in time to make his country’s squad for the tournament, which is being staged in Brazil.

And Almiron, 25, starred as Paraguay took a 2-0 lead against Qatar in Rio de Janeiro, thanks to goals from Oscar Cardozo and Derlis Gonzalez, only to be pegged back by strikes from Almoez Ali and Boualem Khoukhi.

Almiron – who also created a goal for Cardozo which was ruled out by VAR – was in tears at the final whistle.