Everton have signed Salomon Rondon on a free transfer from Dalian Professional on a free transfer.
This move sees Rondon reunited with manager, Rafa Benitez, under who the Venezuelan striker played for at Premier League rivals, Newcastle United in 2018-19 season then again at China’s Dalian Professional until Benitez’s departure in January with Rondon afterwards joining CSKA Moscow on loan.
Rondon has netted 26 goals in 61 total appearances under Benitez’s management across their time together at Newcastle and Dalian Professional.
Speaking on his decision to join Everton on a two-year contract until June 2023 with option for a further season and return to the Premier League, Rondon said: “I’m really glad to be back in the Premier League. It’s a competition I enjoyed playing in and where I felt the fans’ support in every game.”
Rondon went on speak of his honour at moving to Goodison Park and playing under Benitez again albeit for a third different club, adding: “Defending the colours of a club with a history as rich as Everton’s fills me with pride.
“I can’t wait to pull on the shirt and be reunited with Rafa Benítez, a coach who has changed the way I understand the game. I’m really grateful for the faith he’s shown in me.”
Rondon began his career in his home country of Venezuela at Aragua before going on to spend a four-season spell in La Liga with Las Palmas and Malaga prior to spending three years in Russia with Rubin Kazan and Zenit St. Petersburg.
West Bromwich Albion then moved for Rondon where he scored 28 goals in 118 appearances across 2015-18 seasons, prior to his loan switch to Newcastle where he netted 12 goals in 33 appearances in all competitions.
Rondon’s release clause of £16.5m was activated in July 2019 by Dalian Professional with the striker going on to net 14 goals in 28 appearances, prior to signing for CSKA Moscow on loan in mid-February where he went on to produce four goals and two assists.
Rondon has also won 82 caps for Venezuela and netted 31 international goals for his country, despite never qualifying for a major tournament.
Rondon’s debut as an Everton player could come after the international break at Goodison Park as the Toffees host Burnley in Monday Night Football on 13 September in a 8pm BST kick-off live on Sky Sports.