Still no word from Newcastle about Kenedy signing a season-long loan deal although Sky Sports did report he had passed his medical today.
But the deal is still not done and the Chronicle is reporting it is very close and could be announced today or tomorrow.
It could be that the option to buy – which is crucial for Newcastle – is still being negotiated – maybe on the transfer price.
But without an option to buy Kennedy’s price next summer could skyrocket if Rafa makes him into a better player over the next ten months coaching him.
This year he had just less than four months coaching the Brazilian and you could see the improvement.
Kenedy has so much talent it’s ridiculous, and Rafa had him use his skill to very good use for Newcastle and he worked his socks off in defense too.
Simply put – this lad oozes class.
The 22-year-old listens to Rafa and does what he says.
Kenedy with Rafa Benitez earlier this year
Just think if we had got him in last summer with an option to buy which fell through at the last moment – we could have had a great deal for him then.
But it didn’t happen and we have to move on.
That’s why it’s important for Newcastle to get an option to buy – but perhaps the fee could be the roadblock to the loan deal completing?
Rafa has given an updated in the Chronicle today on the pending Kenedy deal:
“It is great news for us. It is still not done but it is very close to happening.”
“He is a player with quality. You talk about Brazilian players they have quality.”
“He is a nice lad and working hard for the team.”
“So I think it is quite positive for the lads in the dressing room.”
Rafa seems really upbeat there – but until it’s done you just never know.
Experience has shown the fans that at Newcastle over the last 10 years or so.