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.”

  • Dillon Tovak

    England winning the World Cup or us signing this guy? I’m torn as to which one would make my summer! 😂

    • Gianfranco Shola

      World Cup for me!! Can never take that away from us whereas Ashley can take away Kenedy among others by selling him in 12 months time hahaha

      • Wor Lass

        Kenedy for me! It would change the whole feeling of this window and preparation for next seson.

        • Geordiegiants

          Either or would be nice, the probability of either is very slim.

    • Wor Lass

      Careful, Dillon – can`t be seen to be getting excited about the World Cup. Supporting London FC (despite the fact that about 80% of the players are from the North)! I`ve been looking forward to it and I`ve not been disappointed so far. It`s lack of goals that could do for us in the end – too much lying on Harry Kane`s shoulders. France are looking ominoously good – it would be a great final if it happened!

      • Peaky

        Agree about Kane and I think Pickford may prove to be our downfall….France are looking good…but that half of the draw they’re in….hard to call.

  • Peaky

    Realistically the best we can hope for here would be a full season long loan with an option to buy at the end…

    • Geordiegiants

      Please no😬

  • Paul Patterson

    Right, no p*****g about, just get him in and instantly improve our current squad. Then onto the striker . .

  • magpiefifer

    I’ll believe it when he is photographed at SJP wearing next season’s NUFC top!!!

  • Tony English

    £20m + may be wide of the mark.

    Nathan Ake is ALWAYS used as the benchmark for Kenedy’s valuation, but last summer Chelsea also sold…

    Chalobah to Watford for £5.5m
    Bertrand Traore to Lyon for £9m

    Like Ake, they are also both a similar age to Kenedy and had similar (lack) of impact at the club.

    I reckon £15m – £18m might just swing it.

    • Billmag

      I agree with you on that mate and for me a striker is more important than a winger even though he is a good player.

      • Paul Patterson

        Kenedy came in and from January we did enough with our current strikers to stay up and even excel in parts. Kenedy is vital first and foremost. With great service, even an average striker will tuck some chances away.

        • Billmag

          I think we have a different outlook to the player Paul you can’t put everything down to Kennedy, Diame, and Shelvey’s form coincided with Kennedy’s introduction.

          • Paul Patterson

            You’ve just highlighted my point, everyone picked up when his quality was added ..

    • Superdooperhooper

      Here’s my considered reply to you . Erm nààaaaaaaaaaaàaaaaaaah cobblers

  • Kneebotherm8

    They quote he would be the highest paid player at the toon………where do they get that information from?……they speculate on how much he’d cost from Chelsea ……….the whole lot is pure speculation…

    • Geordiegiants

      Season tickets aren’t selling

      • Kneebotherm8

        That explains it……

  • robbersdog

    Various reports, including the Chronicle, say that Chelsea are asking £30m for Kenedy; that being the case, he ain’t coming to our place.

    • Wor Lass

      You`re right there but how can they possibly value him at £30 mill? I`d say £18 to £20 would be realistic and even that could be too much for the Fat bar steward.

  • Wor Lass

    Potentially great news and a real boost for Rafa if it happens. As usual, it`s the price that`ll decide it – which does make me nervous. Fortunately, I would think he`d be keen to come here. As others say, get this done then go for a decent striker.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Here we go, Newcastle looking for a loan with the option to buy,
      in other words they don`t want to pay the fee whatever it is upfront.
      if this deal can be [email protected]@ked up, Then Penfold`s your man to do exactly that

  • Foggy

    I’d risk 20 mill on Kennedy given what we have seen before I’d pay 18 mill for Townsend that’s for sure. If Chelsea want 30 mill then I’d move on. Not because I don’t want to see him here, but we’d wind up with no money for a striker and to me that is the priority.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    If he`s £20m the Pig will want £30m in sales.
    i wouldn`t put a shekel on us buying the lad

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    NUFC have as much chance of buying Kenedy as I do of stealing Meagan Markle away from prince ‘arry. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Weyhhadaway

    Chelski will sell for whatever they can get, they have hung out all summer waiting for a bidding war and we still appear to be the only real interested party. So it is cat and mouse.

    • Geordiegiants

      Just like Mitro.

  • MadMag83

    Penfold needs to put some money on the table and test Chelsea’s resolve, but as usual it’s​ all smoke and mirrors and trying to do things on the cheap. Chelsea will get fed up with the games and somebody else will pay the going rate​.

  • Superdooperhooper

    20m is nothing in the premier league these days . Even at 30m he’s well worth a punt. It’s ashleys bargain bin mentality that’s infecting people . We’re being brainwashed by that barrow boy and his minions

    • Geordiegiants

      No We aren’t!

      • Superdooperhooper

        Oh yes we are! Hang on is it pantomime season again ? I get confused

  • Geordiegiants

    Season ticket PR.

  • wheyayeman

    As much as I want Kennedy I don’t want Clarko to hold any potential move against any and every nightmarish mismanagement Ashley has subjected us to

  • Superdooperhooper

    ‘tony English’ reckons we can get him for 18m and I’m due back on planet earth now. Night night

  • Desree

    3 words

    Season ticket sales. Any offer will be 13m max

  • Rob

    Why on Earth didn’t Fatly just stump up some money in January.

    Now a player who is proven to improve our team is out of the price range of what we’re likely to pay.

    Mismanagement continues.

    Other transfer news is either maintaining status quo or frankly worrying in the case of yeung. The going frequently gets tough at Newcastle and we don’t need another player who downs tools o such circumstances.

    • Jate Legend

      Cos he might have turned out to be useless? Let’s just see if we sign the lad. Were obviously in talks and in pole position. We have signed people before you know.

  • HarryHype59

    How can a club that collected £126m from TV money alone last season, not afford to pay £20m for Kenedy? This club is rolling in TV cash, yet the Fat miser still runs NUFC like SD cost centre.

    • mactoon

      We can afford to pay £20 million if he would only structure the deal over 5 years at £4 million per year, like those other proper football clubs do!

      • HarryHype59

        Agreed 100%.

  • mactoon

    Worth £20 million but I doubt Ashley would spend that much on one player.

    Rumoured to be an option to purchase, let’s hope it isn’t triggered by a number of appearances as he probably won’t be played enough games to trigger the option.