Kenedy travels to Newcastle and medical in next 24 hours – Goal
Newcastle United will unveil Kenedy as their first signing of January according to an exclusive on late Monday afternoon.
Goal report that their information is that Antonio Conte has at last allowed the left sided player to travel to Tyneside and he will complete his medical in the next 24 hours.
They add that an agreement had been in place between the two clubs since the summer with the trigger being the awaited signing of competition for former Sunderland defender Marcos Alonso.
That replacement still hasn’t arrived but Conte expects Roma’s Emerson Palmieri to sign for £25m very soon, which has allowed the Kenedy move to now be progressed in advance of that happening.
The deal is said to be an initial six month loan, though no news as yet on whether it could potentially have a permanent clause attached.
He was bought for around £8m two years ago from Fluminese.
Kenedy got 549 minutes and one goal for Chelsea in the Premier League in 2015/16, then only another 75 league minutes for the Blues and 15 minutes on loan at Watford last season.
The summer saw the winger sent home in disgrace by Chelsea after upsetting their Chinese hosts, after Kenedy insulted locals by posting on social media: ‘Damn China’ and ‘Wake up China, you idiot’.
This season has brought only four appearances as an unused sub in the Premier League.
However, in the domestic cups he has started three League Cup and 2 FA Cup matches.
The last of those saw him selected as man of the match as Chelsea eventually beat Norwich on penalties.
Assuming the deal is completed, Kenedy offers competition on the whole of the left side, able to play as left-back, wing-back and winger.
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