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?