Even though Chelsea manager Antonio Conte may yet be replaced as the manager, the Blues are pushing ahead with their transfers for the summer.
It looks like several new players will be coming in, and the Chronicle are reporting that Chelsea will likely have to sell some of their many fringe players to help fund the new players coming in.
It looks very likely according to the Chronicle that Robert Kenedy will be available this summer at around £20M.
Rafa has said before that he would like to sign Kenedy on loan for the season with an option to buy the player as a clause in the loan contract.
Rafa Benitez and Kenedy – against Southampton when Brazilian scored two goals
That was something he wasn’t able to do when Kenedy arrived at the club last January on loan.
Kenedy was brilliant for us on the left wing this year, and he seemed to love his time.
It would be terrific if Newcastle could sign the player outright this summer and break out transfer record of £17M we paid Real Madrid for Michael Owen way back in 2005 – two years before iPhones were available.
But if we can get a loan deal, that may be better and reduce the costs this summer.
But if we can get him on loan is the big question.
Chelsea seem to want to sell him, and if that’s the case, then Mike Ashley should back Rafa and sign the 22-year-old Brazilian.
It’s something like this that Rafa is looking for from Mike Ashley.
The owner must demonstrate he wants to build a top team and not just worry about the finances of the club and refuse to pay out big bucks for top players.
Rafa’s top target has to be a striker this summer, and yes, that will take some money to get a top striker in.
But surely Kenedy is the second top target for the summer after we have already signed goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.
Kenedy loved his time at Newcastle and has already said he would be keen to return and the Newcastle fans love the youngster.
If Rafa is to stay at the club long-term Newcastle will have to show they can be bold and ambitious in the transfer market – something we have never been since Mike Ashley bought the club.
But it’s not too late to change that.