Now that Newcastle are safe in the Premier League after four successive wins Rafa will soon be opening talks with Chelsea on whether they will sell the Brazilian U23 star to Newcastle.
Rafa will want some early transfer business done before the summer, and he has already decided to sign 29-year-old goalkeeper Martin Dubravka for €4M from Sparta Prague.
Martin has been absolutely outstanding for us since he arrived on the final day of the January transfer window.
That was an excellent move by Rafa who has wanted a new goalkeeper since last summer.
Rafa Benitez congratulates Kenedy after victory over Arsenal
And 22-year-old Kenedy has also been outstanding for us, and this lad has real class, but he will also be attracting some other top clubs.
Rafa tried to sign him last summer and in January, but the only choice for Rafa from Chelsea was to sign him on loan.
And Chelsea would not agree to an option to buy in the loan agreement.
But Kenedy knows he has played very little at Chelsea (7 first team appearances over the last two seasons) and if he goes to other big clubs – like PSG, Arsenal or Tottenham – he may once again be on the bench biding his time.
At Newcastle, he will be a starter, and Mr. Benitez can make him into a world-class player since Kenedy seems very willing to learn from the Spanish manager, whom he says has been like a father to him.
Kenedy could cost as much as £20M – but quite honestly given what the lad can become under Rafa Benitez at Newcastle – he’s worth that fee.
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