Of the three loan moves Newcastle made last month, only one player came with an option to buy, and that was Sparta Prague goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, and we can buy him for about £4M in the summer.
We had hoped we could also buy Kenedy and Slimani, but Kenedy could well make it at Chelsea in the long term – he’s that good.
And Leicester may want the Algerian International to return in the summer.
Leicester and Chelsea will be that much more unwilling to sell their players if Rafa can get the best out of Slimani and Kenedy.
Kenedy – in excellent form during Newcastle debut
Rafa will need to buy some class players this summer, and if Kenedy and Slimani have played well, they would be safe bets.
But we wonder how much the Blues would want for their 21-year-old Brazilian?
Rafa has talked about loan moves, and he basically says you can never tell what will happen.
This is what he has said today in the Chronicle:
“In football you never know. When you have a loan with an option, then you have an option and it’s simple.”
“But if you don’t then it doesn’t matter. Players are moving around all the time, so it depends how the player feels.”
“If he feels comfortable then he will say: ‘Ok, I want to stay here.’ Then we can start talking.”
“The main thing for me is that these new players, they want to perform, they want to do well – even if they are on loan.”
“And the others, they have to perform if they want to stay in the team.”
We’d love to see Kenedy at Newcastle long term – but as the manager says – you never can tell.