Rafa To Make Move For Winger – Must Be Prepared To Pay Big Fee

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.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Jib

    Apr 19, 2018 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #1

    If Burnley give Chelsea a good scudding
    at Turf Moor tonight Conté could be gone
    which could help with signing Kenedy

    (fingers crossed emoji)

  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 19, 2018 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #2

    Hi everyone,

    I’m going to be in Spain Monday night, anyone know a channel over there that I can watch the match on?

  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 19, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Re, Ed’s article,
    I truly hope we sign both the above mentioned players as they’ve helped galvanise the team since their arrival, and my only hope now is that Rafa manages to avoid any of the team going into “flip-flop” mode as the main jobs “done”!!

  • Geordie1

    Apr 19, 2018 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #4

    #cleveleysbob I think if you are going to Spain you will find an endless number of bars showing the match as it is on Sky however here is a list of foreign channels which are showing the game live.

    Overseas TV:

    Astro SuperSport 3 (Malaysia)
    beIN Sports MENA HD 2
    beIN Sports MENA HD 11
    beIN Sports Connect THA
    Canal+ Sport 1 Afrique
    Canal+ Poland +HD
    Cosmote Sport 1 HD
    Cytavision Sports HD
    Cytavision Sports 2 +HD
    DAZN Europe/Japan
    Diema Sport 2 HD
    Digi Sport 1 (Svk) +HD
    DIRECTV Play Deportes
    DIRECTV Sports Caribbean
    DIRECTV Sports South America
    ESPN Brazil
    EuroSport 1 Romania +HD
    Flow Sports
    HotStar (India)
    LeTV Sports HD
    MATCH! Futbol 1 +HD
    mio Stadium 102
    Movistar Futbol +HD
    NBC Sports Network (USA)
    Now 621 (Hong Kong)
    NTV+ Sport Online (Russia)
    Optus Sport (Australia)
    QQ Sports Live (China)
    S Sport (Turkey) +HD
    Setanta Kazakhstan
    SFR Sport 1 HD (France)
    SKY NET Sports 6 +HD
    Sky HD (Mexico)
    Sky Planeta Football (Mexico)
    Sky Sport 3 Italia +HD
    Spiler TV (Hungary)
    Sport 1 Israel +HD
    Sport TV3 Portugal +HD
    SportKlub 1 Cro/Mon/Ser/Slov
    SportsNavi Live (Japan)
    SPS HD (Mongolia)
    Stod 2 Sport (Iceland)
    SuperSport 3 HD (Za)
    SuperSport Maximo 1
    TSN2/TSN GO (Canada)
    TV3 MAX (Denmark)
    Viaplay (Denmark/Finland/Sweden)

    Viasat Football (Finland)
    Viasat Sport Premium +HD
    Watch ESPN Brazil
    Ziggo Sport Select HD (NL)
    Ziggo Sport 14 (NL)

  • magscar

    Apr 19, 2018 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #5


    Sorry to hear of your ongoing health problems – best wishes for a full recovery

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 19, 2018 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #6

    cleveleysbob, nufc.com has published a list of overseas channels Monday’s match will be shown on

  • Jib

    Apr 19, 2018 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #7

    The only Spanish channel in that list
    is Movistar Futbol (the old Canal+)
    it is not free to air.

  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 19, 2018 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Thanks, geordie1 and Rob, I’m sure I’ll pick it up on one of those euro sat channels, not sure I’ll get to a bar, early start and I’ll be knackered by ko time (2045 local) – getting too old for late night revelry!

  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 19, 2018 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Hi Jib, thanks, the apartment I’m staying in has a large selection of “paid for” satellite channels, so I’m hoping I’ll be OK.

  • lesh

    Apr 19, 2018 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #10

    Mr Tuff

    Bonjour matelot!


  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 19, 2018 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #11

    if conte goes maybe their new manager would want to keep kenedy and have a longer look at him.
    also given his impact, 20m is being optimistic. also want chelsea to beat burnley so we can nick 7th….. lol !!!

  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 19, 2018 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Expat, sorry to hear about your health issues, keep well and keep in touch with the blog when you can.

  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 19, 2018 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Re: the jungle, never went, too scary. Went to lot of dives in the day, but chickened out of that one!

  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 19, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #14

    On match days, me and my mates used to frequent “the vaults”, which was kind of a back alley pub belonging to the hotel (can’t remember it’s name) opposite Theatre Royal on Grey Street. The Street’s called Highbridge and connects to the Groat Market/Bigg Market.

  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 19, 2018 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #15

    Looks like it’s my turn to kill the blog, sorry guys!

  • Jib

    Apr 19, 2018 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #16

    At 3 p.m.
    Ginger Burns’ way of calling time at the Jungle
    was “right we’ve got your money so f–k off”
    A real charmer Alan was.

  • Jib

    Apr 19, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #17

    The Jungle must have had the best jukebox
    in the country.
    Sailors from all over the world could find something
    they knew on it.

  • Geordie-john

    Apr 19, 2018 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Mr Cashley that’s seven zeros required after the 2 ( £20,000,000 ) not 6. If you dither about Kenedy as a signing then i’m sure Rafa will walk and you will go down in history as a complete D##khead

  • Geordie-john

    Apr 19, 2018 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #19

    Ah Jib, You had the pleasure of meeting Fat sweaty Alan as well. He could charm the knickers off Betty Handbag any day he could LOL

  • twotonearmy

    Apr 19, 2018 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #20

    I know we rate Kenedy very highly (and we should) but when you look at the Chelsea team and the rest of their loan army you realize that he’s just another average player in their team.

    He transforms our team… he is just another unused sub in theirs.

    Chelsea has let far better players go in their effort to continually balance the books and fund larger purchases (Salah, DeBruyne, Lukaka, etc) so I think we have a good chance at this one. The only challenge would be a bidding war rather than Chelsea fighting to hold onto him.

  • dig-n-dig22

    Apr 19, 2018 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #21

    Signing Kenedy on loan has been a double edged sword, He has played a big part in our PL survival but we have put him in the shop window. Our best chance of landing him will be if Ashley sells up. If Ashley stays then Rafa will leave because Ashley won’t back him


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