It had been claimed by the Mirror back in March that the 22-year-old would be available for £15m this summer, but we’ll have though to break our transfer record to make his loan move permanent if the Mail are to be believed.
Here’s what the Mail’s Matt Barlow has had to say during a piece on Chelsea’s plans this summer, claiming the club WILL sell the likes of Kenedy to raise funds for new signings – but he won’t come cheap:
“Michy Batshuayi is valued at £50m after a successful loan spell at Borussia Dortmund while Kenedy has impressed at Newcastle and is viewed as a saleable asset worth more than £20m.”
On the plus side, he seems keen to stay (having admitted several times just how happy he is here), but how much over £20m are we talking here? will Mike Ashley be willing to spend that sort of money?
Two big questions that need answering – with the latter being something Benitez will no doubt bring up during his talks with NUFC officials scheduled this week.
Having managed there just a few years ago, Benitez will have a good rapport with Chelsea, so that could help any potential deal, but it’ll ultimately come down to whether Mike Ashley is prepared to pay up.
I suspect the Kenedy saga will be a big test of Ashley’s ambitions this summer. Pay up and break our transfer record and it’ll be a huge breakthrough for Benitez and the club, but dig his heels and revert to his old ways and the writing may just be on the wall as far as Rafa’s concerned.
What do you reckon folks – is he worth ‘over £20m’?