Chelsea have something of a track record for letting players go that they probably shouldn’t. Nemanja Matic? Kevin De Bruyne? Mohamed Salah? Those three were among the best players in the Premier League last season and Chelsea have let them all go, in Matic’s case, twice. This summer it appears they are ready to do the same with Brazilian left-winger Kenedy and Newcastle United will hope they are getting a similar sensation.
According to the Northern Echo, the London club have informed Newcastle United that a deal is possible for the Brazilian.
The 22-year-old arrived at St James’ Park on loan back in January and played a pivotal role in keeping Newcastle in the Premier League last term.
Kenedy scored and assisted two goals for the club in some virtuoso performances from the left-hand side of midfield.
The performances made Kenedy a firm fan favourite at the club and Newcastle fans will want to see a deal put together for the Brazilian, who can also play at left-back.
A lot will depend on the price, but Kenedy could easily become the next Chelsea mistake and Newcastle are primed to take full advantage.
Will he go on to be as successful as Mohamed Salah or Kevin De Bruyne? That would seem very unlikely but he is a very talented individual. If he got halfway there he would still be a hero for Newcastle United and leave Chelsea wondering why they let him go.
Hopefully, the Magpies can get something done.
Three goalkeepers Leicester should target if Kasper Schmeichel leaves
Chelsea are keen to sign Kasper Schmeichel, which would leave Leicester in need of a replacement.
Sky Sports state the Denmark international is a target for new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri amidst continued speculation that Thibaut Courtois is off to Real Madrid – a transfer that now seems increasingly likely to go ahead.
After featuring for his nation at the World Cup, speculation suggesting 31-year-old Schmeichel will seek a new challenge for the 2018/19 season has been growing, with Sky Sports previously reporting the Premier League winner is also a target for Roma.
If Schmeichel is to leave, then Leicester boss Claude Puel must invest funds on a new goalkeeper in the market and these three options would be tremendous signings.
“Those Champions league nights are special. There is something about the night games, going away to different cities, it makes it unique.”
England international Jack Butland may not have been first-choice for Gareth Southgate during the club’s tremendous run to the World Cup semi-finals but a major transfer could be on the cards before the window shuts.
Stoke City‘s relegation means that Butland will find it difficult to fight for a spot in the national side next season if he remains in the second-tier and Leicester would be the ideal surroundings for the 25-year-old, though a stern fight may emerge for his services.
The Sun reported Chelsea’s interest earlier this month but the Blues pursuit of Schmeichel suggests that their targets have changed, while the Mirror has thrown doubt on Liverpool‘s reported interest as Jurgan Klopp is content with the goalkeeping options he has at Anfield.
Boasting vast experience at international level, after starring for Colombia in the previous two World Cups, David Ospina also possesses Premier League and European experience – all of which would encourage Leicester to make a move.
Arsenal are ready to approve a departure following their capture of Germany international Bernd Leno and the Mirror states that the Gunners will accept a fee of just £6 million for the 29-year-old due to the fact he has entered the final 12 months of his contract.
Boca Juniors are also in the hunt for Ospina’s services but the player’s agent told El Crack Deportivo that a move to South America would be difficult to materialise and his preference is to remain in European football.
Prior to the World Cup, Cho Hyun-Woo told ESPN that he dreams of playing in England and the performances of the South Korea goalkeeper in Russia have increased the possibility of that becoming a reality.
The 26-year-old starred for his nation in a difficult group alongside Mexico, Sweden and Germany but stunned the latter with a shock victory that saw the defending champions knocked out prematurely, with Hyun-Woo capturing plenty of attention for a number of superb stops.
An advisor of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told Dagbladet that the Reds should secure a move for the Daegu FC player and Leicester should be alerted as a result, as he could prove to be a superb acquisition.
Three reasons why Kenedy can become Newcastle’s talisman next season
The 22-year-old made an instant impact when he joined on loan last season.
During his time at St. James’ Park last season, the Brazilian showed glimpses of the genius that saw Chelsea bring him into their ranks from Brazilian powerhouse Fluminense and he will, in no doubt, be an extremely effective weapon for Rafael Benitez to have at his disposal next season.
But can the 22-year-old take it up a notch and become Newcastle’s star man in the 2018/19 Premier League season?
A brilliant manager to learn from
Kenedy will again have to chance to play under Spanish tactician Rafael Benitez, a manager who’s done and won it all.
Benitez seemed to get the best out of Kenedy last season for the Magpies, and the young Brazilian won’t find many other managers around who are invested in getting the very best out of their young talents.
He had a huge impact playing just half the season for Newcastle
When Kenedy arrived on Tyneside in January, Benitez’ team were struggling, and in a rut of bad form, the Brazilian played his part in turning the clubs fortunes around and helped his new side to a top half finish.
It is a mouthwatering prospect to think for Newcastle fans what Kenedy will achieve with the club given a full season with them, and now he has fully settled into life in the city, he may be able to make an even bigger impact next season.
Young, ambitious and highly rated
At 22 years of age, Kenedy is poised to have the best season of his career so far and his energetic style of play bodes well for Newcastle next season.
You only have to look back as far as April to see the kind of teams interested in taking Kenedy into their ranks for the new season. Sky Sports reported that Bayern Munich and PSG were considering launching bids for the winger; a testament to how highly rated he is.
Tottenham Hotspur must avoid repeat of Willian situation as Chelsea enter Malcom race
Tottenham are again looking to beat Chelsea to the signing of a Brazilian attacking talent.
Tottenham Hotspur are back in the race for Brazilian winger Malcom. Le10 Sport reported this week that Spurs are now the frontrunners for the player, with Inter Milan falling short in their pursuit. The French source claimed Malcom was now available for just £35.3 million.
The same source has since gone on to report that Tottenham are now looking into the deal. However, that most recent report also commented on the presence of a transfer rival. It is suggested that Chelsea are entering the race.
Which immediately harks back to memories of Tottenham’s failed pursuit for Willian in 2013. Andre Villas-Boas had identified the Anzhi Makhachkala winger as the perfect option for Spurs. As reported by the BBC, a £30 million fee was agreed and a medical had been undertaken. Willian, was set to be a Tottenham player.
However, two days later, Willian had joined Chelsea.
It was a huge blow for Spurs and left them open to ridicule from Chelsea fans.
The parallels are clear. A talented young Brazilian winger wanted by Spurs, but with Chelsea set to swoop in.
The irony on this occasion is that Chelsea may even be targeting Malcom as a replacement for Willian, who is a target for Barcelona and Manchester United.
Tottenham must not be left with their tails between their legs once again.