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Rafa To Close Huge Deal This Week – Manager Showing The Way

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:

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.

Comments welcome.

92 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Jul 8, 2018 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #1

    Was that twice or 8 times? I’m confused.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 8, 2018 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #2

    Hi everybody try mentioning Joselu, Slimani followed by Rondon and you’ll see something automated…automated for the people 😉 lol

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 8, 2018 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #3


    I’ll believe it when I see it confirmed on the official site

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 8, 2018 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #4

    If Rafa pulls this off, it means we’re back to where we finished last season at the cost of Dubravka and a loan fee. Yes, we’ll pay the full fee next season but we don’t mind that for a player like Kenedy. He’ll improve even further this season under Rafa and we’ve got a real player on the books without dipping into the Transfer fund.
    That should give Rafa greater scope when it comes to buying a striker. Hopefully not Rondon, but Rafa might have a plan for him – if the rumours can be believed. I’m not having it until I see him in a Toon shirt, but tbf to him, his pre West Brom days weren’t a disaster. Pulis can ruin a striker, it’s not unheard of after all. Big boot – fetch boy!!
    Whatever money Rafa has, he’s hardly touched it yet if this deal goes through. Juggling takes time lads, let the master do his, work and see where we stand at the end of the window, rather than now – especially during a World Cup.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 8, 2018 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Again I repeat if there is an obligation to buy then I am all for it, If however it is just a loan then personally I see it as a pathetic attempt to appease fans and Rafa to an extent. Kennedy has another good season with us which I hope he does and the kids value rockets to probably the top side of 30-40 million pushing him way out of our league,And I’m sorry but minimal investment available again then rafa is gone..End of

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 8, 2018 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #6

    I imagine all those Belgium fans who slated Martinez ever since his appointment are possibly thinking twice, now he’s in line for the Spain job. They wanted a Belgian coach apparently and didn’t take to him at all.
    Yet he could still win them the WC and walk away. Mind, it would take some serious errors to fail with that squad. Don’t worry though, I picked them to win it right from day one so chances are they won’t. Which opens it up for us. After all, I pick us to win something every season and we know how successful that punditry is. 🙂

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 8, 2018 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #7

    Jail, you are going mad. Me, an Ashley apologist. What??? Ive rarely been happier than when villa scored v Brighton and we won the league, yet u think I wanted Brighton ahead of us. And then Ashley love? You’re online hat campaign is confusing you, silly man. Lmao.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 8, 2018 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #8


    You can say that again mate 😉

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 8, 2018 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #9

    I never meant to say that Munster was an Ashley apologist just that the only two loons that he had agreeing with him in the end were anti Rafa pro Ashley, to be fair beefman gave up his pro Ashley views to concentrate on his flat earth theory, but there you have it, the only two people agreeing with Munster on Rafa Benitez were a far right trawlerman and a flat earth theorist!!

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 8, 2018 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Jazzy, his contract runs out in 2020. So there’s no way it wouldn’t be to buy mate, or Chelsea run the risk of him running his contract down. Everything I’ve read says it’s a loan to buy and with his contract running down, that pretty much cements it imo.
    Other clubs would also have offered loan to buy which makes it even more likely we would have no choice.
    That’s just logical thinking though, no guarantee it might be right! 🙂
    And that all depends on how true the story is in the first place. Although it’s well known Rafa wants him back.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 8, 2018 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Well it was fun…it’s time to be equal to the missus (no more no less) and enjoy a G&T!

    …I am sure there’s a few on here who doesn’t know what it means to be equal (no Tsunki what ever you’re just thinking it’s not it…)

    Enjoy lads!

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 8, 2018 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Jail, right, just the way you phrased it mate sounded like you were including him amongst apologists. Nay Bother. 🙂

  • jazzyp

    Jul 8, 2018 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #13


    Evening mate have ya sobered up from the England win lol, God I had an hangover this morning!.
    My point mate is there is no way Rafa will be accepting of just another poxy loan deal for Kennedy again,We are just grooming the kid for stardom elsewhere..It makes us no more than a feeder club.

    If there is minimal investment this summer for more bullsh@t reasons then Benitez will run his contract down and we have lost about the only shining light we have hope for at the club

  • jazzyp

    Jul 8, 2018 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #14


    I hope to god you are right buddy as I see no logic in what Nufc get out of the deal.Are we in that bad of a shape financially that we are being told that a loan is our only option when it is clear we want him on a permanent..And more importantly Rafa wants him on a permanent.
    This summer Ashley should be doing everything he can to appease Rafa in the hope he signs a deal for as long as we can get him to sign for, And just a loan for Kennedy isn’t going to go down well with our manager.

    We lose Rafa benitez and we lose all hope of any future ambition under the slug

  • lesh

    Jul 8, 2018 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #15

    But the big question is whether Rafa’ll be around next season?

    Ashley won’t go for any big ticket buys Rafa wants unless he’s assured Rafa’s going to be at SJP. Otherwise, Rafa’s replacement may not like Rafa’s signings and then we have a rerun of the likes of Colbeck, Mbemba, Nitro who are on the way out – or in Jack’s case, should be!

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 8, 2018 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #16

    Bobby I think England will beat Belgium and Croatia shudnt be a problem. Haven’t seen a lot of France though

  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 8, 2018 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #17

    Jesper………. I’m sorry to hear about your divorce from Tsunki , it’s very sad but polygamy rarely works. Remember tonight after your Gand T that more divorces start in the bedroom than in any other room in the house. Maturity is being able to recall the awful things your former spouse did to you and then turning over and falling asleep.

  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 8, 2018 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #18

    A friend of mine recently got divorced after 37 years. He’s now looking for a some – sex relationship.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 8, 2018 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Jazzy, it has to be to buy mate, with his contract running down. Once he’s into his final year the price drops. So it would suit both clubs in the long run. Whether we agree or not, Ashley claims we’re still suffering from relegation financially, so on those grounds it would make sense to agree a price now. That guarantees us the player and Chelsea his current value. It also keeps money for transfers that we definitely need.
    This is Rafa’s doing, those other clowns will simply agree because it makes sense. Let’s hope it’s a real story for once and not just another piece of BS.

  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 8, 2018 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #20

    I’ve told my missus that I promise to bequeath everything to her when I go on the condition that she remarries immediately. At least there will then be one man to regret my death.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 8, 2018 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #21


    I just want something to end with a happy ending mate for once regarding Newcastle united. Kennedy coming back on loan with an option to buy clearly sends a statement that we are moving in the right direction both for the good of the club..And more importantly on keeping Benitez at the helm.
    Hopefully this is just the start of things to come this summer as it would give a massive boost to the whole area and finally dare I say it AMBITION

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 8, 2018 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #22

    Munster, if we don’t win it this year we never will matey. Its like the footballing gods have manufactured us a clear and easy run to the final.
    Belgium are a good team and will be favourites if we get to the final, but in a one off game, anything can happen. And usually does.
    Should beat Croatia,but can’t take anything for granted. It’s there to be taken, we’ll never get a, better chance.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 8, 2018 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #23

    Jazzy, the knacka has a simple choice. Back him or lose him. He doesn’t want to lose him so he needs to do the right thing.
    But who can tell what he thinks, mate? He’s an egnima for sure. How he became a billionaire is beyond me.
    As usual I’m waiting and seeing. This has Rafa’s fingerprints all over it imo, so maybe progress is being made.
    I stand by my theory he’s given him a simple ultimatum – get me these players and i’ll sign. I hope I’m right because that would be win all round.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 8, 2018 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #24

    I am going to give you all a nostalgic feed now which will blow your mind and now please tell me the stars are not aligning for England to win the World Cup.

    In 1966 Man city won a league
    Burnley qualified for Europe
    Chelsea finished 5th
    Real madrid won the European cup
    England won the WC

    Man city won a league
    Burnley qualified for Europe
    Chelsea finished 5th
    Real madrid won the European cup
    England ????????

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 8, 2018 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #25

    Might as well just give us the trophy now Jazzy.

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 8, 2018 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #26

    I’ve no issue with Rafa getting him on loan if it frees up money now, or even if he keeps it and gives Rafa a fat purse next summer and that allows Rafa to sign up at that point. Not sure we will go for that thiago guy now that we have ki? But if we get kenedy we will have spent stuff all so far but solidified well. I love diame, fantastic signing (as I said at the time Jail) but we probably can’t ask for a full season like he gave us in the second half of last season

  • jazzyp

    Jul 8, 2018 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #27

    Hahaha I know jinxed it now

  • L Toon

    Jul 8, 2018 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #28

    And so it begins..

    Rafa Benitez ‘spinning plates’ for Newcastle United as transfer hunt heads into final 30 days

    Newcastle United have plenty more business to do at St James’ Park – and surprises could be ahead



    Mark Douglas

    14:43, 8 JUL 2018UPDATED14:54, 8 JUL

    Rafa Benitez is spinning plates as Newcastle head towards the final 30 days of the transfer window still to answer all of the big questions of the summer.

    It is a familiar fudge at St James’ Park. 56 days have passed since Rafa Benitez’s men signed off the season with a flourish by beating Chelsea 3-0 in a performance laced with attacking intent and intensity.

    That night Mike Ashley released a statement saying he would do everything he could to keep Benitez at St James’ Park for the long-term. Questions over Benitez’s future loomed large – as they had done since the mid-April defeat of Leicester that prompted the Spaniard to start answering questions again about exactly what it was that he wanted to sign the contract first offered to him at the turn of the year.

    Since then? Virtually nothing. Yes United completed the permanent deal that had been teed up in January for Martin Dubravka – and they moved quickly to secure free agent Ki , who was a replacement for Mikel Merino – the promising Spain under-21 midfielder whose departure has felt like an open secret since he was denied an exit in the January transfer window.

    But the substantive stuff – the game changing signing – does not feel much closer than it did 50 or so days ago.

    Instead United are edging, inch-by-inch towards the next piece of business but hamstrung by many of the issues that have been typical in the Lee Charnley era of transfers.

    An offer for Alassane Plea was – quite simply – not enough. When it comes to Salomon Rondon, Benitez is urging United to take the plunge but is running into resistance as he asks the club to sanction a £16.5million move for a player who is 28 years old.

    One thread of logic is that if Benitez’s contract runs out this summer, the club seem reluctant to agree a move for a player who looks more like a short-term fix. But this is the big issue for Benitez that is preventing him from signing his deal: trust. He has always said that if he is truly going to be allowed to shape the club in the way he wants, he should be allowed to spend his transfer budget how he wants.

    Rondon may not be everyone’s idea of a marquee signing for Newcastle but Benitez likes to bring in players who fit into his way of playing. And if the success of England and Gareth Southgate has taught us nothing this summer it is how the team is more important than any individual. Rondon, to put it bluntly, could ‘do a job’ for United in Benitez’s mind.

    But he doesn’t fit “the profile” – that need for re-sale and for players to look like an investment.

    Compare and contrast with the swiftness that he gets deals for free agents done. Or when he floated the possibility of Sandro Ramirez in transfer meetings last season. £6million for a (then) 21-year-old? ‘Where do I sign’ was the message from Mike Ashley (although it should be noted Benitez agreed with drawing back on that deal when Everton offered him a ridiculous salary).

    So Benitez’s approach is to keep spinning plates. It explains the sudden upsurge of Matt Ritchie sale rumours. The Newcastle manager would ideally like to keep him but if that deal kick starts another deal that can improve United, so be it.

    And there are a lot of enquiries going in at the moment. When Benitez signed up for Instagram on Friday, it didn’t feel like a coincidence that his press man posted pictures of him on his mobile phone in his home office, or that one of the captions said it was a “working holiday” he had enjoyed in Liverpool.

    Some links can now be discounted – Thiago Maia won’t be joining, Juventus’ Stefano Sturaro is also out – but there are likely to be many more before the end of the window.

    Benitez is hitting his old contacts, ringing agents he knows and speaking to club officials too. If there is a player available in the Premier League, Benitez will know about it and it means that for all the frustration and fudge, there is still the possibility of this transfer window ending well for Newcastle.

    Cautious optimism surrounds the deal for Kenedy which the club have talked to Chelsea about. There are other bids in too – although the mood music doesn’t feel great around Plea, the Nice striker who is also attracting interest from Borussia Monchengladbach. His representatives are known to United and seem to be doing all they can to drum up the idea that there is a lot of interest in him.

    It doesn’t usually end well for Newcastle when we get to that point.

    It has been a difficult market for every club in the Premier League, to be fair. None of the 20 are happy with fees, agents costs or the unwillingness of rivals to do business – which feels worrying given there are only 32 days left of a window that they mystifyingly voted to close early.

    What should offer encouragement is that Benitez is open to everything and is absolutely determined to finish the window with a team that’s stronger than the one that beat Chelsea 3-0. The familiar frustrations might have driven him to distraction 12 months ago but this summer there is no hint of that distracting him from making the sort of big decisions he held back from last close season when he reluctantly kept Aleksandar Mitrovic at the club.

    There may be bolder decisions this summer with a host of players possible bargaining chips to get the upgrades he wants. The club have told him things would be easier if he signs his deal but that still seems a long way off, so this third way seems the most likely route.

    With at least four more wanted for the first team and plenty of outgoing business to be done, there’s a lot of work to do. But Benitez is getting on with it.

  • jane

    Jul 8, 2018 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #29

    “If Rafa pulls this off, it means we’re back to where we finished last season at the cost of Dubravka and a loan fee.”

    not a bad starting point going by the second half of last season and add to that Ki Sung-Yueng.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 8, 2018 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #30

    Le10Sport: Newcastle have had a loan offer with an option-to-buy rejected by Lille for Brazilian midfielder Thiago Maia.
    Are we going Brazilian

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 8, 2018 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #31

    Jane, my point exactly. Whatever’s left to improve us. Fingers crossed.

  • cyprus

    Jul 8, 2018 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #32

    Kenedy on loan seems like the best call. 20 million, breaking the bank, has this guy proven himself that much?

    Whereas, an extra year will help solidify his talent and justify the super high price that Chelsea are quoting.

    Has the Traore interest died? He seemed an amazing prospect. Is Rondon the only CF we’re looking at?

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 8, 2018 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #33

    Kenedy and Dubravka great, but a proper EPL class centre-forward is critical, and I’m confident we’ll get it. I don’t actually dislike the tension that exists between the owner and Rafa over transfer fees to be honest, as long as the money is actually there and there is the genuine willingness to spend it, then for sure Rafa for his part needs to be able to justify the spending of it. You just have to look down the road to see what can happen otherwise. The correct amount of discretion and accountability to better sort the wheat from the chaff in the transfer market has to be the aim.

  • lochinvar

    Jul 8, 2018 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #34

    Surely Charnley will be told by Rafa to ensure that if Kenedy is a loan this season that we have first option to buy next season at £20m.

    None of this namby pamby negotiating like the Meeino contract.

    And by all accounts Notts Forest really really really want Colback so please make that happen

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 8, 2018 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #35

    Wonder if Kennedy could be moved to the right wing to replace Richie ? Think he would be great with Yedlin being allowed to cut inside on his stronger left foot

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 8, 2018 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #36

    This all makes perfect sense. Rafa performing small miracles with no money whatsoever. Brilliant but will it be enough to satisfy him and make him decide to sign a long extension? That remains to be seen. We must complete the sale of Merion and others to provide real money. I don’t want Roundone. Does anybody really think he is the answer for us? We need a proper striker! Harrumph!!!

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 8, 2018 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #37

    Should read Merino of course not Merion. Get it done Chutney! Stop mucking aboot!

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 8, 2018 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #38

    And Beefy Tits, give Rafa some money!

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 8, 2018 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #39

    What is wrong with Beefy Tits? Harrumph!

  • beermonkey

    Jul 8, 2018 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #40


    do u not think without ritchie covering yedlin we might be a little exposed on the right ritchie and yedlin are a great combo


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