According to Simon Johnson – Chelsea’s reporter for the Evening Standard – Newcastle are now discussing a deal to sign Kenedy on loan with an option to buy – suggesting the Brazilian WILL be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
This suggests some sort of progress on our efforts to secure the signature of Kenedy for next season, either on loan or ideally, permanently. Chelsea always play hard ball and sell high but the end of season talk of Kenedy moving to the likes of Bayern Munich seems to have dwindled, which seem to have left us in the driving seat.
Conte still being in the Chelsea hot seat might also help as he supposedly doesn’t see the talented Brazilian as part of his plans and needs wants to use proceeds from his sale to help bring in other signings.
Here’s what the Evening Standard’s Simon Johnson has had to say on the deal:
“Chelsea are in talks with Newcastle over departure of Kenedy. A loan with option to buy has been discussed.
“Chelsea are asking for £20m+ which is why Newcastle are looking to loan first.
“But fact Chelsea are open to negotiations suggests he’s not part of their plans.”
Claims here that there could even be a deal reached with the possibility of a loan with option to buy is surely a good sign for Newcastle and Benitez. Financially, that would be a deal that suits us best.
The asking is between £20-30m depending on which report you read but, considering the market today, it really is just the going rate – although I suspect we may only do business if it’s closer to £20m.
A loan with option to buy allows us to spend cash on strikers and also means we can still sign Kenedy next season if we wish when we have more cash flow. The prospect of him and Townsend returning together really is exciting and would give fans a much needed boost.
Do you think we’ll see Kenedy back in a Newcastle shirt next season?