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Rafa Benitez Makes Bold Aggressive Move In The Transfer Market

TEAMtalk are reporting in an exclusive that Newcastle have asked Chelsea if they can have Robert Kenedy on a season-long loan for next season.

It’s not clear if Chelsea would prefer to sell Kenedy this summer so that will need to be decided although initial reports are they will sell Kenedy.

Kenedy loves it at Newcastle, and he wrote a terrific farewell note after his time on Tyneside from last January.

And as we had expected Rafa wants Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham for a season-long loan – and these are two players Rafa tried to get on loan last summer but was not successful.

Kenedy – emotional after scoring against Southampton

Abraham had a so-so season on loan at relegated Swansea City but he is a good player, and Rafa can get the best out of him on Tyneside.

We should never forget that Kenedy helped us survive in the Premier League and those two goals in the first half against Southampton were sensational.

Here’s his heartfelt farewell note:

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Newcastle United.”

“Thank you to all the players, every single person of the great staff.”

“The coach Rafa Benitez who trusted me and gave me chance to play for this great club, which I very much enjoyed.”

“And of course to all the fans for the magnificent support.”

“It was an amazing chapter in my life and I will never forget it.”

“Howay the Toon.”

Rafa will also want to have options to sign the players in their loan contracts so he can at least keep the transfer fees reasonable.

Unfortunately, the loan rules say we can sign only one player from a particular club.

Drat!! – I forgot about that when I put this article out initially – I thought it was too good to be true!


Kenedy’s value soared when he played so well for Rafa Benitez this year – and it’s now said to be north of £20M now.

It’s a good aggressive move from the Newcastle manager early in the summer – just what we need.

Maybe we can buy Kenedy and get Abraham in on loan?

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Mag52

    May 16, 2018 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #1

    IF this is true, it’s a good positive start to what, hopefully, will be a productive transfer window.

  • Ben Afri

    May 16, 2018 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Agreed. Sealing this move would be important just for maintaining our momentum with the players we finished off the season. Only then can we expand and look for players we need to fill in those gaps. Here’s hoping!

  • AncientC

    May 16, 2018 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #3

    North of £20 million? On that note, let Chelsea keep him. In my view, Kenedy scored the Newcastle goal of the season, but aside from that, he is a generally average player. Imagine Kenedy standing beside Ben Arfa… doesn’t bear thinking about.

  • Lindisfarne

    May 16, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #4

    25 Jan 2018 · They are: – Premier League clubs may not register more than two players on loan at any one time. – The maximum number of loans registrable in the same season is four, and, under no circumstances, shall more than one be from the same club at any one time

  • Lindisfarne

    May 16, 2018 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #5

    I maybe wrong but Kenedy was playing for his Chelsea future, his commitment and consistency may not be the same if he returned on loan.

  • Ben Afri

    May 16, 2018 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #6

    Ancient C

    Whether or not I agree with you on Kenedy being an average player, we still need to make him the standard level of player we have. As poor as the Pardew days were, we’re still miles away from the calibre of players we had in Ben Arfa. As much as I love and hero worship Ben Arfa, Kenedy gives us guts, hard work, defensive work and that attacking threat.

  • Ben Afri

    May 16, 2018 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #7

    However, I agree on the £20 Million valuation you made. But what kind of player would we be able to get at that price who has actually proved themeselves in the premier league?

  • Jib

    May 16, 2018 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #8

    PL rules
    The maximum number of loans registerable in the same season is four,
    and, under no circumstances, shall more than one be from the same club
    at any one time.

  • Jib

    May 16, 2018 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #9

    Either / Or
    I’m afraid

  • Geordie-john

    May 16, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #10

    ” SHY BAIRNS GET NOWT ” Gone on Rafa keep asking , Chelsea have so many good players they wouldn’t really miss what they haven’t tried ! Especially now the coach could be on his way out the door at Chelsea.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    May 16, 2018 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #11

    maybe we could buy abraham. i’d guess he’d be about 20m

    really we need 3 or 4 new attacking players.

  • NUFCadon

    May 16, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #12

    If we could get him on a season long loan it would be a fantastic bit of business. I would love to buy the lad and think he is a future star but having a £20m player for a season for free (wages aside) would be exactly what we need given the scale of what is needed to improve the squad. It would free us up to get a top notch striker

  • NUFCadon

    May 16, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #13

    The Next Mike Williamson – I think if we were buying one, I would much rather buy kenedy and loan Abraham but I can’t see Abraham at Newcastle next season

  • Pottsclock

    May 16, 2018 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #14

    What I know is this….there’s a lot of rubbish being circulated in many web logs and gossip columns at the moment. (No by Ed I might add). Already I’ve given up reading some of the articles that “source” this info because it’s usually some amateur trying to make a name for himself and adding 2+2 to make 6.
    I would say this. Kenedy is better than whoever we have as alternatives in that position. He is wasted at Chelsea because he will never play for their first team regularly, if ever. He is 22 and should be looking for regular first team football and I would have him back in a heartbeat but I suspect he personally would prefer a permanent move to a club where he will get regular football. It can’t be fun being passed around clubs who will pay the load fee.
    On Abraham – no thanks and I’d be amazed if there is truth in this. 1. Had his chance. 2. At the end, he wasn’t even first choice start for Swansea when their main striker was injured..so they don’t rate him that much 3. We should be reinforcing our strike force with proven players and should not need him. He should only be near our bench 4. He’s been over-hyped
    For me, I’d like Kenedy on a permanent and I think we should be after Bony who is proven in the EPL.

  • mactoon

    May 16, 2018 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #15

    Just to clarify, Rafa can only get one player on loan from Chelsea. That means he can’t loan both Kenedy and Abraham, he could buy one and loan the other but with Kenedy valued at £20 million + I doubt that deal will happen anytime soon. Abraham is valued around £10 million but with only 5 goals in 31 appearances is he any better than what we have and is he what we need?

  • marshy

    May 16, 2018 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #16

    I must say from what i’ve seen of him, and it’s only on tv, he hasn’t impressed me overly and he has a very poor right foot so I would say don’t sign him, loan or otherwise.


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