Newcastle United are expected to shortly announce Kenedy as the third signing of the summer.
Sky Sports revealing on Tuesday afternoon that the winger has now completed his medical.
There is still no clarity on whether the year long loan deal will include a buying option at the end of it.
The media being pretty evenly split as to whether Chelsea will have allowed such an option to be included.
With the squad flying off to Ireland on Wednesday, Rafa Benitez will be hopeful that the deal can be completed in time for Kenedy to play a full part in the training camp and squad bonding, the trip culminating with the first friendly of the summer on Tuesday 17 July against St Patrick’s Athletic.
The Mag – Earlier Today (Tuesday 10 July 2018):
Monday night brought welcome confirmation that Kenedy was on his way to Tyneside.
Only two months after watching from the sidelines as Newcastle hammered Chelsea, the winger is heading back for a further loan spell to a club where he will get the regular football denied in West London.
Later last night the 22 year old was pictured having arrived at Newcastle central station (see below).
There have also been some extra follow up details from the London Evening Standard about the deal that has been agreed.
They report that Newcastle United were given a figure to buy Kenedy outright now but couldn’t afford to.
Instead they have gone for the cheaper short-term option of paying a loan fee and wages, though there is also an option to buy but at a significantly higher figure than what would be paid this summer.
Chelsea obviously wanting to guard against Kenedy having a stellar season under Rafa Benitez and his valuation soaring.
No figures given as yet on transfer fees that have been discussed but difficult to see Chelsea going below the £20m that Bournemouth shelled out for defender Nathan Ake 12 months ago, after a successful loan spell.
Before Monday’s confirmation of the Brazilian’s impending arrival on Tyneside, previous reports had made claims of Newcastle being given a £20m price to buy now and a £30m one if instead they went for a loan and option to buy.
In this crazy era of transfer fees, those figures are very believable even for a player who has only started 18 Premier League matches in the three years since arriving in England. A player who is still very much potential rather than proven, although Newcastle fans saw more than enough glimpses of quality in the final months of last season in order to be excited by the signing.
Undoubtedly this is a huge lift for Rafa and fans alike but it takes some imagination to picture Mike Ashley agreeing to pay £30m for anybody in 12 months time.
However, as Newcastle fans, under this owner we have been taught that it is a waste of time worrying too far ahead, as Mr Ashley clearly doesn’t. Both Rafa and Kenedy are here now and we’ll take it from there.
Newcastle fans obviously hoping that not being able to afford Kenedy’s transfer fee now, is an indication that serious investment is going to be made elsewhere in the team, especially up front. Only by the end of the transfer window in 30 days time will we be able to see the full picture.
— Bryan Swanson (@skysports_bryan) July 9, 2018
The Mag – Monday 9 July 2018:
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.