According to Graeme Bailey, Kenedy may not be the last Chelsea player to join Newcastle United this summer’ – making NUFC fans wonder if Benitez has another deal lined up with his former employers at Stamford Bridge.
With Kenedy in on a season-long loan, we will NOT be able to sign another player on loan from Chelsea (due to Premier League rules), however it sounds like Rafa may be eyeing up a permanent deal for an unknown player at his former club.
Here’s what Graeme Bailey’s had to say following news of Kenedy’s loan move, dropping a big hint that we could yet see another Chelsea player arrive at NUFC this summer:
Chelsea have agreed to a season-long loan of Kenedy to Newcastle – who impressed last term at St James' Park. He might not be the last Chelsea player to make the move to Tyneside…
— Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) July 9, 2018
So, with us unable to loan another player from Chelsea, who could this be?
Firstly, we can rule out Loftus Cheek. A loan move for him has been mooted for a number of weeks now, with Rafa clearly a big fan, but that is no longer possible following Kenedy’s arrival – and there’s no way we could pull off a permanent deal.
The most likely candidates for me are Tammy Abraham, Danny Drinkwater and Kurt Zouma. All three aren’t in Chelsea’s first-team plans and Benitez has been linked with moves for Abraham and Zouma in the past – albeit on loan.
There’s Willy Caballero too – a player Rafa tried and failed to sign last summer – although his World Cup performances may have off put the Spaniard!
The likes of Michy Batshuayi, David Luiz and Ross Barkley are players I’m sure Rafa would love at Newcastle, but all seem overly ambitious and too expensive – unless Mike Ashley is suddenly open to smashing our £17m transfer record!
What do you reckon folks?