News on Wednesday morning that Chelsea are prepared to sell Kenedy.

The winger has now been on Chelsea’s books for three years and apart from the successful four months he recently spent at St James Park, he had only started five Premier League matches previously.

It had been claimed that Chelsea were set to loan the 22 year old once again next season but now it is reported they want to cash him in, to then add the cash to their own transfer budget this summer, whether that is with Antonio Conte in charge or a replacement.

With the players Chelsea have in their first team squad, never mind who they may add this summer, it was always a massive longshot that Kenedy would get a reasonable run in the Chelsea side next season, or indeed any season.

The Chronicle say their information from London is that Chelsea have made the decision to sell and now it is up to clubs whether they are prepared to meet their valuation.

Chelsea have made serious money in recent years with their policy of bringing in promising players from abroad, loaning them out, then selling them.

Lukaku went to Everton for over £30m after loan spells, whilst Nathan Ake joined Bournemouth for £20m after the defender had a successful loan spell there the previous season.

This morning’s report repeats the line about the likes of Bayern Munich and PSG being interested but that is surely a joke, as whilst Kenedy showed promise and did well at Newcastle, he is would still be miles away from having a chance of first team football at that level of clubs, who can shop at the elite group of players when buying.

The Chronicle claim ‘ambitious’ RB Leipzig are also interested but if Newcastle can’t land a player ahead of them then Rafa is surely wasting his time at St James Park, Leipzig don’t have Champions League football to offer after finishing sixth, though they are in the Europa League. With the financial power via the PL revenues and so little investment last season, surely this summer is the time for Rafa and Newcastle to show ambition to the likes of Kenedy and convince them NUFC can go places.

The newspaper adds ‘If Chelsea do slap a £20m price tag on the winger as expected, then United could be priced out of the market’, well arguably Kenedy was the difference in staying up last season, as before his arrival Newcastle had nothing really to offer in opening up the opposition. So his ability and willingness to run at the opposition then opened things up and even when he didn’t play well, his presence was still a worry for the opposition and helped create space/opportunity for others.

Fans don’t expect every player to cost £20m but if there isn’t room for at least one or two signings up around that mark if Rafa wants them, then you have to really start worrying. If Newcastle/Mike Ashley expect other clubs to pay at least £20m for Mitrovic then why should there be no expectation of paying the same for a couple of quality players coming in?

You would also have to question, if they don’t go for Kenedy then they clearly would need to bring somebody else in on the left, so if this ends up being a ‘safer’/cheaper option around the £10m or so mark, then is it just a case of false economy, and simply repeating last summer’s mistakes. With Kenedy, you get a player who has already shown he can perform and also somebody who is very likely to increase in value/ability.

Kenedy liked it at Newcastle and he desperately needs regular football at this point, it looks the perfect match where club and player can grow together.

It would make Kenedy the highest paid player at Newcastle and almost certainly mean breaking the club transfer record…but after 13 years it has to happen sometime!

The Mag – 18 May 2018:

On Sunday, Kenedy posted an emotional message on his Instagram account.

The player thanking everybody at Newcastle United and declared ‘I will never forget it.’

That statement (read it below) not sounding like there was any chance of him being at Newcastle next season.

Then today, an interview has been published with the left sided player.

However, the message is hardly any more positive.

Kenedy does say ‘Maybe one day I will be back’ but it isn’t exactly ‘see you in August’.

With Mike Ashley seemingly pushing Rafa Benitez towards the door and the club trying to crush fans hopes of ambition in the transfer window this summer, we really are hoping for the best but fearing the worst.

Kenedy speaking to official club site:

“I was glad to come here to Newcastle, one of the biggest clubs in England, and I really appreciated the chance to play.

“I’d like to thank Rafa Benítez because he trusted in me.

“I really enjoyed my time here – it was very good.

“All the players, all the staff, they made me feel at home. I felt good.

“I gained confidence from the amazing support and I really enjoyed it.

“Maybe one day I will be back.

“The first game – my debut – was really, really good because I didn’t expect something like this.

“And the game against Leicester was amazing because I’d never seen support like that.

“The supporters were really amazing.

“I really appreciate that because I didn’t expect anything like this.

“The fans were something different.

“I felt honoured to be here; it was something really special and I’m a fan of Newcastle’s fans.”

Kenedy via his Instagram account – Sunday 13 May:

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Newcastle United.

“Thank you to all the players, every single person of the great staff.

“The coach Rafa Benitez who trusted me and gave me chance to play for this great club, which I very much enjoyed.

“And of course to all the fans for the magnificent support.

“It was an amazing chapter in my life and I will never forget it.

“Howay the Toon.”

  • JonMag

    He`s worth every penny of £20m but he won`t be coming to Newcastle.
    Spain`s looking for a new manager, i wonder who`ll be top of their list

    • Keeganontherebound

      Rafa looks like the outstanding candidate for the Spain job and I can’t see him turning it down if he’s offered it.

      • JonMag

        in another article Porter says he wouldn`t be interested, i think he would

        • Keeganontherebound

          he definitely would be and has said so publicly in the spanish media

        • Billmag

          Porter is the new version of Ryder.

  • JonMag

    Rafa must be as sick as a Benidorm donkey sitting at home while other cloobs are wheeling and dealing and numb nuts Penfold will be playing with his train set awaiting orders from Fatso`s Gulag

  • Илья Иванов

    Being a realist… No bloody chance. No ambition, no investment, no competetive squad. If i were Kenedy i would prefer to go elsewhere. Sad but true.

    • Wezza147

      Agree 100% Football isn’t the priority for this club.

  • Paul Patterson

    Charnley will offer £12m ..

    • TheNutJob

      that much

    • Dillon Tovak

      And then buy Vukic for £11m, apparently he’s performing really well in the Mongolian third tier.

    • panther

      in 12 instalments

  • Leazes.

    Jackie you cut-n-paste a lot from Ryder…..why don’t you read the stuff that has been said by Graham Carr before repeating daft ‘spin’ on the United transfer rules.

    Here are some of the guiding principles that Charnley administers.

    1. Ashley had set a very low ceiling when Carr was here….. below £15m.
    2. Ashley has said the club will go for loan signings in preference to purchases.
    3. The owner has positioned the club at 10th for the first decade and 15th last year.
    4. The owner has said no budget until Rafa signs…. he hasn’t signed.
    5. Ashley has to do very little to fill the ground.
    6. A poorer squad with a trophy manager achieves the same result as a poorer manager with a better squad….well it did for a season.

    • TheNutJob

      couple of injuries to major players next year and we`ll be in the bottom 6 maybe the bottom 3, Rafa can`t keep working miracles with what he`s got

      • Lostprofit DBC

        That’s why he’ll get the backing,

    • Lostprofit DBC

      Fact or paper talk?

  • Dillon Tovak

    Why would it have to be a joke for Bayern or PSG to want him?
    He’s really, really good. Hence why we would love him.
    This website is really starting to P me off with the way it writes.

    • Lostprofit DBC

      You do an article to lead by example.

      • Dillon Tovak

        But I’m not a writer and come here to read things about my club.
        I’d love it if every article didn’t have some odd bitter tone, looking down it’s nose at everything or claiming perfectly reasonable things are embarrassing or bizarre.

        Claiming I should rectify things if I have a criticism is a bit immature.
        Do you not have opinions on politics? Well, become prime minister then!

        • Lostprofit DBC

          You just seem to moan about everything.

          • Dillon Tovak

            But you’re just being blindly optimistic without evidence.
            If I’m coming across as moaning it’s because this website has gone really down hill with strange articles and becoming virtually an advert for a betting firm and the club is being run by a cretin who doesn’t care about football.

          • Lostprofit DBC

            That’s what supporting Newcastle has always been about, being blindly optimistic without any evidence. Mind some on here make negative statements and supposed comments without evidence as well. Were you there against Wrexham on a monsoon of a Wednesday night, the other 6999 fans like me were very wet and only got to see half a game. Terry Hibbit borrowed a donkey jacket to take a throw in. You think it’s bad now!

          • Dillon Tovak

            I will always blindly back the team.
            The negativity is because the team and management are undermined by our horrendous owner.

    • TheNutJob

      he can`t get a place at Chelsea because Hazards there & he `s World class so the likes of Bayern & PSG could well be interested

      • gold coast mag

        who both also have world class players in his position-at some stage he will want to be playing regularly instead of warming a bench as a squad player, which he can with us

  • Lostprofit DBC

    Great article, sums it all up. Him coming is a litmus test of Rafa’s influence and stability at the club. I think he’ll come as he was happy here. As we already have Mitrovic, I see him as THE priority. The 2 could work well together. Howay Rafa, have a rethink.

    • TheNutJob

      there`s more chance of winning the lottery than that happening

      • Lostprofit DBC

        Agree it’s a long shot, a treble of Rafa staying, Mitrovic staying and Kenedy coming. Funny old game though. Imagine the improved Mitrovic with the renewed Perez. May never happen.

        • Leazes.

          You’re an idiot

          • Lostprofit DBC

            Because it’s a long shot or are you being abusive?

          • Lostprofit DBC

            Still waiting for your reply. I don’t like that sort of abuse and will not accept it for merely voicing an opinion.

  • Peter C

    This is the acid test for Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez, in fact everyone.

    If the club don’t go all out to try to sign him, Benitez knows which way the wind is blowing, and he might as well leave now, with the best wishes of the majority of the supporters.

    If Mike Ashley really wants to keep Benitez at the club, he must sanction the breaking of the club’s record transfer fee.

    In today’s overpriced transfer market, 20 million isn’t a kings ransom, but it’s not peanuts either. There’s obviously going to be some wheeling and dealing, regarding outgoings and incomings, to generate transfers funds, so this can be somewhat offset.

    Going by the time he spent here on loan, he liked the club, the supporters liked him, and he made a difference to the team. The odds are this could be a win win situation for everyone.

    Ashley appeases the fans, Benitez gets a player who he wants and rates, Kenedy gets regular playing time, which more than likely he won’t, at PSG or Bayern Munich and improves the team. With the added benefit to Mike Ashley, if he’s a success, his future transfer fee increases.

    But, and this is a really big but, I think Kenedy signing for Newcastle, is a real long shot.

    As Mike Ashley has a really small mind and penny pinching mentality, and is not bother whether Benitez stops or not, and he certainly doesn’t care about the club or supporters, just the his balance sheets.

    • Slim_Newcastle

      Good points. If Kennedy is for sale (and wants to sign for us) this situation is going to be a great indicator of what we can expect going forward. Unfortunately I suspect this isn’t much.

      • Peter C

        With much regret, so do I.

    • Lostprofit DBC

      Very well put!

  • robbersdog

    He did well for us last season, he seems to like it at our place and £20m for a player of his age and ability is still a good deal for NUFC in the current market.

    FFS Ashley, buy him. Now.

  • Liam Hogg

    They’ll say a price which will be fair in today’s market & we’ll offer much less & lose out..nothing to see here

  • Lostprofit DBC

    Doom and gloom all around or am I mistaken. Rafa will stay and the signings will come, lighten up man.

    • Dillon Tovak

      We can lighten up when the club gives Rafa a decent contract and signs some players that indicate ambition.
      At the moment there is little to be relaxed about.

      • Lostprofit DBC

        I agree, deep down I feel the same but don’t let it bring you down. It will happen or NUFC will change forever.

  • mactoon

    Ashley won’t sanction anywhere near £20 million for one player.

  • Sounds reasonable, but what about wages? I doubt he’s on less than 80-90K in Chelsea, and I’m not sure we can offer that.

    • mactoon

      £25,000 a year and his contract runs out in 2020

  • Vodkamagpie

    You believe Newcastle won’t spend 20mil on a player because it’s never been done before, that’s fair enough. However, this is different, Newcastle will go full out to get the transfer done because he is a proven first team starter for us. The risk is minimal compared to buying a player from a different league, all in control at Newcastle know this. Only stumbling block is wages etc. On a personal note, I hope the transfer does happen, just for the general moaners complaining about spending money, transfer record, ambition etc blah blah

    • mactoon

      Me too, it’s a no brainer and we could easily improve his wages but I doubt Ashley or Charnley will go full out to get it done. The recent report that Ashley told the people in charge of transfers that he wouldn’t go above £15 million for a player (when Carr was involved) and his spin that the latest accounts showed a loss of £90 million doesn’t fill me with optimism that he will change this approach. Hope I’m wrong.

      • Vodkamagpie

        How long has it been since Carr, 3 years?. From 15mil to 20mil isn’t a huge stretch. As I said, you buying a guarantee. Everton bought Davy klaaseen last year, 23mil, that was a gamble. Don’t know how the player will adapt to new country/league/team /manager/,tactics/etc.

        • mactoon

          And in those 3 years Ashley hasn’t spent more than a reported £15 million. Wijnauldum, Mitro and Thauvin all costing less than that figure. Since them we haven’t spent big?

          I agree it’s not too much to spend, especially since we have the TV money from last season but I just think Ashley doesn’t think that way.

          He delayed the accounts for last year until the transfer window was open and used them to say how skint we are, even though they cover a year ago when we were relegated. It’s because he is using this spin to say he can’t afford to splash out now.

          • Vodkamagpie

            That’s what the media say, Ashley using it as a spin, we poor, can’t afford players. We all know how much comes in from TV money. I think you missing my point. They haven’t spent over 16mil on a player, because it’s a huge risk generally. With kenedy having played and performed well for us in the past, it isn’t that big of a risk, it makes a difference in knowing what you going to get exactly for your money before you purchase something, you will be more willing to part with your money .

          • mactoon

            I agree he is no risk. What I am saying is Ashley won’t spend £20 million + wages for him. The amount of risk has nothing to do with how much Ashley will free up for transfers, he just won’t spend the money on one player. He just does not understand football.

          • Vodkamagpie

            I disagree with you, Ashley is a business man, he prefers sure things, he doesn’t send high amounts because the risk is greater than the reward, percentage wise

          • mactoon

            Ashley is a business man who doesn’t understand football.

            He will not spend £20 million on a player who will get us higher up in the league, he will get loan deals in at a low monetary outlay to make sure we stay in the Premiership which makes sure he still gets the free advertising for Sports Direct.

            You need to understand Ashley is not in football to make his club the best he can afford, therefore the risk involved in spending a high amount for a player does not come into the equation. he is in football to make sure he spends as little as possible to make sure his club stays in the Premiership where the TV money is and to continue to get as much saturation advertising for his main company (Sports Direct, who pay NOTHING for the the advertising the club provides)

          • Vodkamagpie

            After 11 years, I think Ashley understands football better than all of us on here combined. And if you say is true, then we wouldn’t be paying for a world class manager, we wouldn’t be spending 217mil in the last 4years and counting in transfer fee’s. Advertising for sports direct doesn’t get charged, just as Ashleys loans are interest free loans.

  • Blackburn1066

    The only way he will be coming to NUFC is if Mitro goes for big dosh.