Salomon Rondon could have returned to former club Malaga this summer before he eventually reunited with Rafa Benitez at Everton.

That’s according to the club’s director of sport Manolo Gaspar, who has shared his annoyance at the player’s move to Goodison Park.

Rondon found himself looking for a new club this summer after returning to Dalian Professional following a loan spell with CSKA Moscow.

He had been with the Chinese side since a move from West Bromwich Albion in 2019, but both the player and the club were keen to bring that to an end.

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He was linked with a move to former club Malaga, who he played for between 2010 and 2012 and scored 27 goals in 72 games, and it was reported that he had winked’ at the possibility of a return for much of the summer.

That never happened, though, as he instead ended up returning to Everton on deadline day of the summer transfer window as they sought out back up to Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

The move to Everton saw him reunite with Benitez for a third time and return to the Premier League, where the money was presumably better to boot.

That is certainly what Gaspar believes, hinting it was that which ended up swaying the Venezuelan.

“I did everything possible to bring in Rondon, but it was impossible. He is in the Champions League (presumably relating to level of wages), and we are reborn,” El Desmarque report him saying.

“We made a consultation, and economically it was possible. I understand that a player’s career is short, and you’re a Malaguista until they touch your pocket.”