The Mail are reporting that Chelsea winger Kenedy is very close to signing a season-long loan deal at Newcastle.
The news is that Kenedy has agreed to come back to Newcastle for the season after he was just superb for us this year on loan.
His stats of 2 goals and 2 assists in 13 games don’t show just how effective he was and he hit the woodwork at least twice.
He is a real fan favorite and as we’ve said before he will be welcomed back to Newcastle like a returning hero – which he is.
Kenedy – coming back to Newcastle on a season-long loan
RB Leipzig, Paris Saint-Germain, and Bayern Munich had all taken note of how well he played for Newcastle under the expert guidance of Rafa Benitez.
Kenedy was pleased to play first team football after he had only played five times in the last two years and seemed to love life at Newcastle.
He certainly liked playing under Rafa whom he says has been like a father figure to him.
The news is that RB Leipzig were keen to get the lad to the Bundesliga, but we seem to have won the battle to sign the Brazilian U23 International.
This will be a massive success for Rafa and Newcastle and no doubt the manager has put in a lot of work to get a player who looks like pure class in a Newcastle shirt.
And that’s what Rafa needs more of in the Newcastle side for next season – class.
It will be a coup for Newcastle if we can sign him on loan.
Here’s what the Head of MailSport Lee Clayton has tweeted about the deal:
One year loan deal for Kenedy to return to Newcastle will be announced this week. He was a popular signing last season. Rafa Benitez crucial to the deal #NUFC
— Lee Clayton (@LeeClayton_) July 8, 2018
The manager seems to have done the deal before new manager Maurizio Sarri arrives on a £5.6M-a-year contract at Chelsea.
If we get him – make no mistake – this shows the pulling power of Newcastle United and of Rafa Benitez.
But the Mail report does not mention if we will get an option to buy Kenedy in the loan agreement – that’s what Rafa was really pushing for.
But if we get Kenedy then we will have both loan stars from this year – Kenedy and goalkeeper Martin Dubravka who was signed for a measly £4M from Sparta Prague.
We are losing young Mikel Merino to Real Sociedad for his £11M release clause but Rafa has already brought in the experienced Ki Sung-yueng as his replacement and a free agent.
Kenedy’s signing will be something to celebrate hopefully this week – along with England beating Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals on Wednesday night.