Sunday brought a report from The Mail saying that their information was that Kenedy had agreed to come to Newcastle United on another loan deal.

The newspaper claiming that a new year long arrangement had been agreed with the player.

The two clubs said to be ironing out the final details.

Now on Monday night, Sky Sports are reporting their information is that the Chelsea player is now on his way to Tyneside.

The broadcaster detailing that Kenedy is scheduled to have his medical on Tuesday.

After a lot of speculation this does now look to be actually happening, a massive boost for Rafa Benitez and the fans.

No indication from Sky Sports as to whether this loan deal includes any option/clause to buy.

The Mag – Sunday 8 July 2018:

Last Monday the London Evening Standard reported that Newcastle and Chelsea were in talks about a deal that could see Kenedy return to St James Park.

They said that Chelsea were willing to loan out the player for the season and that Newcastle wanted a loan but with an option to buy at the end of it.

This was then followed by other media claiming that Chelsea would sell Kenedy for £20m now but if Newcastle wanted a loan with option to buy, to protect themselves against potential good form, they wanted any buying option to be as high as £30m.

Sunday afternoon has brought another update, with The Mail stating as fact that Kenedy has agreed to come to Newcastle United on a season-long loan.

They add that the final details are being agreed now between the two clubs.

The left sided player has two years left on his Chelsea deal at the minute and The Mail don’t mention whether this loan arrangement includes any option/clause to buy.

With less than five weeks until the transfer window ends AND the season kicks off, Newcastle fans are desperate to hear that a real quality outfield signing has been made, with creativity and goals needing to be added to Rafa’s squad.

The Mag – Monday 2 July 2018:

The Kenedy saga rolls on but potentially one that just maybe, will have a happy ending for once at Newcastle United.

Newcastle gave the Brazilian his first chance of regular game time in three years of English football and he didn’t disappoint.

He wasn’t brilliant in all of his 13 Newcastle United starts but Kenedy did more than enough to give a spark to a team, which whilst it has plenty of hard workers, has few who can beat a man or do something a little different.

The newspapers took his moments of inspiration as then equalling supposed interest from Bayern Munich, PSG and others, which was basically crazy talk (see below).

The left sided player has shown promise but that is promise that he could do well at a Premier League club who are looking to progress and can give him regular football.

Monday has now brought positive news, with the London Evening Standard reporting that Chelsea are willing to let him go.

They say that Newcastle are in negotiations with Chelsea and that a fee of £20m+ is what the West London club are looking for.

With prices generally, my surprise is that anybody would be surprised that this could be the asking price.

If we all think he would be a brilliant signing who is better than any of the other wing options, or indeed strikers, then how could we expect any deal to be on the (relative) cheap?

Chelsea sold defender Nathan Ake to Bournemouth for £20m last summer and nobody seems to think Matt Ritchie, who turns 29 in September, would be overpriced at £15m.

So £20m+ is probably what a 22 year old Kenedy with real potential, would be valued at.

The Evening Standard say that Newcastle are angling towards wanting a loan with option to buy.

This could take many forms and indeed Newcastle paid a £2.7m loan fee for Mikel Merino, which then had a trigger for a permanent £6.5m deal with only a token number of games played.

This has been the case with a number of outgoing players as well, such as Thauvin and Cabella.

The arrangement allowing the bulk of the money to be paid at the end of the loan season, not when the release clause if triggered during the season.

Needless to say, an agreement for Kenedy to come back to Newcastle under any arrangement would certainly help give this transfer window lift-off.

The Mag – 13 June 2018:

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.”

  • Paul Patterson

    The longest winded article to say we may get a player on loan. FFS buy him man..

    • Ram Kishore

      Loan is actually a better option imo paul..
      20 million pound is lot of money who just had 4 to 5 months of regular football.
      We are basing his value on Ake’s value .. Ake had proved in the PL by being out on loan at Watford and Bournemouth and then he was valued at 20 million

  • wheyayeman

    This is once again no major breakthrough but yet another major breakdown – our billionaire owner who buys up property and businesses for fun, gets unlimited free advertising for his tat shop and drinks in Premier League money can’t afford to buy a half decent player. F off Ashley!

  • Peaky

    Can’t help thinking Chelsea must be treading cautiously and only allowing another loan….look what’s happened to Lukaku,De Bruyne & Salah since they all left Stamford Bridge.

    • Clarko

      It’s widely reported that they would sell for £20m.

      • Soldier

        i`d take a chance at that price, in today`s market an average player is going for that & Kenedy is well above average

    • Soldier

      they must have a Lee Charnley clone

    • Ram Kishore

      All pushed out through the door by Mourinho..

    • MP01

      i wouldn’t be so sure – they’ve an abundance of youth prospects (bare in mind they’d 40 players out on loan last season…) and its figuring out the value of those they chose to cash in on. if there’s an option to buy, then really its out of their hands.

      God knows i hate Mourinho. I really do. People blame Mourinho for letting go of those 3 who went on to become some of the best PL players last season. However, when you look behind it, De Bruyne & Salah were not good enough at that time to be playing the first team football that they want. i don’t imagine any manager could have predicted their rise to the top of PL football!

      • Peaky

        Nice one….all valid points,

  • Jate Legend

    Great news. Hopefully an option to buy. Rafa has a limited budget so it makes sense to loan where possible so we can spend where not possible to loan.

    • Clarko

      It’s also worth noting that Kenedy, despite how good he was, only played 13 games for us, the loan gives us a chance to see if he can be consistent.

      • Soldier

        that`s a very good point, Townsend was in a similar situation and i put it down to Rafa that he got him back to his best

        • Clarko

          I agree, I’d be interested to see how Townsend would do over a whole season for us, the difference is Townsend has played well at Tottenham and Palace, Kenedy couldn’t get into the Watford team in the 16/17 season so it’s more of a concern

          • Soldier

            as i say i think it`s down to Rafa

          • Damon Horner

            I do think a loan to buy is the best deal we should make for the club but in his defence was he not injured for a lot of that Watford loan spell? Not saying that’s the only reason he didn’t play but he is also likely to be stronger and fitter since then too.

          • Soldier

            i was at all the home games he played & you could see he needed matches even though he was class

          • Damon Horner

            Absolutely, seemed more able to play full games by the end, with a bit of luck the gym programme has worked for him.

          • Soldier

            i think he has the lot all he needs is fitness & regular games

          • Clarko

            He was injured, but he was due to come back and Watford sent him back to Chelsea 6 months early anyways, something was off.

      • Peaky

        Yes agree….he seemed to tire out towards the end of most games….so a full season almost guaranteed to start can only be good for the lad for both fitness and strength building.

      • Jate Legend

        Yeah defo agree with this, hopefully we fixed a price to buy tho as if he kicks on from the loan spell performance he could cost 25m or more

  • Soldier

    No helicopter available then, i wonder if Monkseaton will be at the Central to meet & greet him

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Three great signings all ready and four more to come. Wait for the three big signings the Mag regulars who hate Newcastle United F.C. will be jumping off the Tyne Bridge.

      • TheFatController

        Great is obviously a relative term when you consider signings like Mbappe and Neymar, but for where we are with Ashley (no Long term manager etc) a free transfer and a loan is ‘great’ to us like Neymar is great to PSG, yes.

        • MP01

          id rather have Neymar to be fair……

  • Wezza

    Good news but it’s still a loan! Loans loans, lies and freebies/bargain basement buys/free transfers. Jezza was right.
    Another season of doubt then MA collects another 100M tv money.

  • Damon Horner

    Pleased to see him back. Option to buy hopefully included.

    • Soldier

      they have to go for the option to buy because if he starts getting better
      £20m may turn out to be peanuts & Chelsea would up the fee as did Ashley with Mitrovic

  • Peaky

    Right…get this sorted and move onto a striker or two….but not Rondon or that bloody useless Dane…

    • Soldier

      if Ashley spends £20m on a striker i`ll buy you a ticket to see Elton John

      • Peaky

        Cheers,but no thanks….we should stick to The Hoss…

        • Soldier

          i hope not but with this owner you never know

      • Peaky

        Mind you if you could get your hands on a couple for Paul McCartney at Liverpool in December I wouldn’t say no….🤣🤣

    • Kneebotherm8

      Not a great Dane…….is he?…….. mediocre at best…

      • Peaky

        “If Carlsberg did 💩 strikers”….it’s the Danish link !

    • Damon Horner

      Bas Dost is available for free…. I’m surprised Ashley hasn’t had Charnley camping outside his house with a lucrative contract and a sports direct lucky bag.

  • Toon 83

    Decent signing. It’s probably a good move making it a loan move. He done ok for half a season with a lot to prove. It’ll be interesting to see of he can maintain that over a full season. That could be a wise move by us.

  • magpiefifer

    We’re certainly better with him in the team – but we need a striker!!!!!!
    Are we going to BUY any players this window!? Of course I didn’t count Dubravka!!!

    • Clarko

      There is talk of Newcastle buying two strikers.

      • JonMag

        in your dreams or they`ll be from Burton Albion

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Three good players in all ready get a life and support a tenth top team.

          • Jate Legend

            It is good business so far, but it’ll still look like a bad window if we don’t get at least one quality striker. I’m happy so far but we are closing the less difficult deals first. A marquee signing will chill everyone out.

      • Wezza

        I’m sure there is Kevin, although I, and others will believe it when we see it. This regime is rotten to the core. It must pain you that what Jezza said is coming true.

  • Mxpx

    20m if we commit to buy now? I’d say we agree to it their price isn’t unreasonable at all

    • Come&TakeIt1836

      A loan now and buy him later option leaves enough current cash to have two players in the door now instead of just one. Plus we make the purchase when we have more disposable cash available.

      • TheFatController

        He won’t commit if Rafa won’t commit is the sad news on this loan becoming permanent, I would think.

        • Come&TakeIt1836

          That may be so but that decision is as much as a year away. A lot will happen before then and with Rafa at the helm, I’m inclined to think most of it will be good and enticing.

  • JonMag

    Another master stroke from the Fat [email protected], get`s Kenedy on another loan to keep the plebs happy while he keeps pocketing the money.
    that [email protected]@ker runs rings around all & sundry.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    So that is three in all ready all good signings. I will now revise my forecast to players coming in from six to seven. Expect Townsend and three others. If you have not got your season tickets yet get them this week to be sure of a seat for the Spurs game.

    • Come&TakeIt1836

      On March 11 (we were on 35 points), I made three predictions in the comments section to an article on this website about Kenedy:
      1) we would break the transfer record three times – if this loan has a unilateral option for the club to initiate a buyout, then this would be one of those – I’m still sticking with that there will be two more (another could be another loan (striker) also with a unilateral club buyout clause)
      2) 7 players would come in – we are on the cusp of 3 with plenty of time in the window and no new strikers yet – I’m sticking with this one, too – I now actually think it could end up being 8
      3) MA would not sell the club – looking correct so far

      I had a bonus prediction that Rafa would sign a 3-5 year contract. This still may happen, may yet happen after the summer is over… or not. ‘TBD’ on this one.

      I’m feeling pretty good about my predictions so far.

    • TheFatController

      You’re saying they’re great signings elsewhere. Free transfers and loans are because we have no manager beynd one more year.

      So either they’re good signings given that, or not so good compared to the heavy duty transfer fees being paid out by other clubs for players with established reputations and their career still ahead of them with that club…

      Because if anyone thinks Rafa leaving next summer won’t affect Kenedy’s view of a move at the end of the loan, you’re dreaming.

      Kenedy won’t want to stay at a club whose ambition is to employ a Pulis or a Pardew. It’s just a feeling I have, call me naive on the aspirations of a young talented Brazilian footballer …

    • Brian Standen

      I share your optimism. However The sad thing is so many don’t go because of Ashley, yet the stadium is fulll because of Rafa.
      An opportunity now exists , and I hope Rafa does get and spend the money needed to push us toward the top 6 and Kenedy is a positive sign…… next 28 days should be interesting!

  • SH.ER

    With a nasty striker & a solid no.10 maestro we should be okay

  • Shields Mag

    A good signing albeit on loan, I’ll reserve judgement on this transfer window though until we get the striker and no 10 that we need…..