According to Sky Sports, Newcastle are now close to re-signing Kenedy on a season-long loan after ‘positive’ talks with Chelsea – also claiming that Rafa Benitez is now ‘open’ to selling Matt Ritchie to fund a move for Andros Townsend.
This comes as a positive update for us NUFC fans, making it seem quite clear that Benitez is intent on bringing both Kenedy AND Townsend back to the club this summer.
It may be at Matt Ritchie’s expense – and it would be a shame to see him go – but I don’t think many would complain if his exit allowed us to have both Kenedy and Townsend operating down our left and right next season!
Here’s the latest from Sky Sports’ Pete Graves and Keith Downie:
#SKYSOURCES: #NUFC closing on loan deal for Kenedy. Positive talks with #CFC. Rafa still wants Andros Townsend from #CPFC and is open to sale of Matt Ritchie (at right price) to #SCFC. Latest on @SkySportsNews
— Pete Graves (@PeteGravesSky) July 9, 2018
Work being done to bring Brazilian Kenedy back to Newcastle on season-long loan. Understand this won’t have any ramifications on their attempts to re-sign Andros Townsend.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) July 9, 2018
At the minute it sounds like Kenedy’s arrival will be a straight loan with no option to buy (although this is not clear), whilst it seems as though Towsnend’s arrival will be dependant on our ability to sell Matt Ritchie – who would fund a move for the Palace winger.