Rafa Benitez has signed one of his top targets for the summer when Martin Dubravka joined us yesterday for a bargain price of only £4M on a four-year deal.
But if Rafa can now somehow get Robert Kenedy into the club – either permanently (preferred) or even on loan – that would make two excellent signings for us this summer.
The Chronicle is reporting that Rafa Benitez has assured the Brazilian he will get first team football if he does join Newcastle.
And that’s something he may not get at other top clubs who are after him – including Arsenal, PSG, Liverpool, and Bayern Munich.
He could find himself in the same situation he has endured at Chelsea, with very little first-team football.
Kenedy is currently relaxing on his summer vacation and will no doubt want to understand what the situation is with Newcastle when he returns.
Kenedy with Rafa Benitez – against Southampton at home
Any move for Kenedy could become complicated with Chelsea likely to replace current manager Antonio Conte.
If Conte stays, after all, he did win the FA Cup in May – that could increase the chances that Kenedy will be allowed to leave the Blues – and hopefully, move to Newcastle.
Rafa may want to get Kennedy on loan for the season – but this time with an option to buy him next summer.
That would mean an agreed transfer fee as part of the loan contract.
Rafa tried for the same thing last summer and in January too, but couldn’t get the option to buy in the contract.
This is what Benitez said about the Kenedy situation earlier this month:
“Chelsea 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.”
The other thing in our favor is the 23-year-old settled quickly on Tyneside and loved playing under Rafa Benitez, whom he says is like a father-figure to him.
Kenedy knows how much he improved under Benitez in a short four months.
A season on loan at Newcastle could see him become a top player by next summer.
The Chronicle is reporting that Rafa is trying hard to bring Kenedy back to Newcastle.
If the winger costs £20M – he would be worth it in the long haul.
He’s an exciting player to watch, and Newcastle fans love the youngster.