There’s an article in the Chronicle today that Rafa Benitez is trying to get Mike Ashley to pay out the requisite fee to get Robert Kenedy to Newcastle this summer.
Kenedy was outstanding for us this year, and if we can sign him permanently, it would be considered a tremendous acquisition by Newcastle fans.
Rafa is keen to bring Kenedy back to Newcastle, and if we cannot pay out the full £20M this summer, then Rafa wants to structure a deal that’s acceptable to Chelsea.
Maybe paying the fee over three years – something other clubs regularly do in the Premier League.
Kenedy is said to be keen to return to St James’ Park next season if he has no future at Chelsea – which looks to be the case.
Kenedy with father figure Rafa Benitez at Newcastle – well-done son!
Benitez is reported to have contacted Kenedy’s agent Giuliano Bertolucci, the Brazilian super-agent who took Kenedy to Chelsea from Fluminense three years ago.
Rafa is trying to sell him the deal of Kenedy moving to Newcastle this summer on a permanent basis.
Kenedy is now said to be Newcastle’s top midfield target with a new striker being the prime transfer target this summer.
Chelsea will want at least £20M for their winger this summer, but in today’s world of football, he’s worth the money.
That would be a record Newcastle signing but breaking our record of £17M for Michael Owen from Real Madrid in 2005 is way overdue.
Kenedy’s wage demands are not expected to be a problem.
The 22-year-old wants to play first-team football from now on, and that almost certainly means he will have to leave Chelsea this summer.
Benitez seems to be working hard to bring the Brazilian U23 International to the club, but we’re not sure how much help he is getting from owner Mike Ashley, who is notorious for not wanting to spend big money in transfer windows.
Signing Kenedy on a permanent deal would be a massive success for both Rafa Benitez and Newcastle.
Our fans would absolutely love it!
And I’d have to make a rush for the blood pressure pills.