Rafa Benitez has brought the very best out of loan signing Kenedy this season, and the Brazilian has played exceptionally well for Newcastle during his loan spell since January.
But it could be difficult for Newcastle to attract Kenedy to Tyneside if Chelsea make him available this summer.
Rafa seems to think the best deal could be a loan deal for the season which is exactly what he tried to do last season.
If we had Kenedy on loan from last August Newcastle would have done a lot better during the first half of the season.
Kenedy with Rafa Benitez – last Saturday at home to West Brom
This is what Rafa has said about the young Brazilian who has settled quickly at Newcastle.
“It is too early with Kenedy] because Chelsea need to decide what they do in terms of a squad.”
“When they decide what that is, we will know.” “I am sure Kenedy is a player that they will consider.”
“But they have so many good players they may see him as an option for the boy to go on loan for another year.”
“Where could a good place for him be? Newcastle.”
“And for sure that could be a good chance for him and us.” “It was Kenedy’s last game at home (last Saturday) and he has been doing well for us.
“He is a player that is happy and has been able to give us the pieces of quality that we were looking for.”
The Mail are reporting that Chelsea are willing to sell Kenedy this summer to raise funds for new signings.
But it seems the fee will be north of £20M which and that would be a record transfer fee for Newcastle.
If he does become available, it will be interesting to see if owner Mike Ashley would back Rafa in bringing the 22-year-old permanently to Newcastle.
Maybe Rafa could get Kenedy back for a season-long loan deal on Tyneside but this time with an option to buy next summer?