According to the Northern Echo, Newcastle’s hopes of signing Kenedy from Chelsea are starting to fade, leaving Rafa Benitez to consider alternative options in case he fails to bring the Brazilian back to St James’ Park this summer.
It’s essential Rafa has a backup plan as he can’t wait all summer to get Kenedy, especially when things at Chelsea are so up in the air.
As a backup plan, there appears to be four wingers that Rafa and NUFC are looking at in reserve, with all being linked with a move to St James’ Park in recent weeks. Here is a rundown on each:
Adama Traore (Middlesbrough)
His speed is well documented after bursting onto the scene with Barcelona but consistency has been a real issue in his game. He has improved this a little though, with 5 goals and 12 assists for Boro last season and Rafa is continually linked with a move. Would be a different option but a gamble in many ways but then again so was Kenedy; Rafa is someone you would back to finally get his career on track.
Garry Rodrigues (Galatasaray)
We have been linked heavily recently but still seems unlikely Ashley would pay the required fee of £20m for a 28 year old, even though he looks a real quality addition. The Turkish side are in financial difficulties and are apparently keen to cash in and it could be that NUFC are being used to drum up interest.
Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo)
Spanish reports recently suggested he was one of Rafa’s top targets. Makes sense as a backup option to Kenedy as he’s young, been impressing in La Liga for two seasons now – a league Rafa knows well and will be shopping in this summer. Pacey, direct and eye for goal, he would certainly be a welcome and exciting addition.
Quincy Promes (Spartak Moscow)
This seems overly ambitious as he’d almost certainly cost £20-25m, but it was claimed that we’ve been watching him and made contact over his availability this summer. With a fee similar to that of Kenedy required to land the Dutch international, I would rather see a return to Newcastle for the Chelsea loanee. Could be a quality option if Kenedy decides to sign for another club.
Do any of these options appeal to you? What do you think are the chances of a return to Newcastle this summer for Kenedy?
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About Simon Riddlesden
Lifelong Newcastle United fan and East Stand season ticket holder. Observations from a supporter who has followed NUFC during Champions League participation and through relegation, taking me from Milan to Scunthorpe.