Chelsea’s Kenedy set for return to Newcastle United

The Daily Mail has reported that Newcastle are close to bringing Chelsea’s Kenedy back to St James’s Park.

It was previously reported that Newcastle were looking to loan Kenedy with an option to buy, but it now appears Newcastle are only able to get Kenedy on loan. However, this is still a decent bit of business.

A super season

When Newcastle United won promotion to the Premier League in 2016/17, many people believed they would struggle to stay up due to the lack of money spent on their squad.

On the surface, Newcastle do not exactly seem blessed with top Premier League talents. However, Rafa Benitez was able to guide what is quite an average Newcastle side to a 10th place finish in the Premier League.

A big part of why Newcastle were able to finish so high in the table was due to the performances of club captain Jamal Lascelles and a few other key players one of which was Kenedy.

Now, however, given Newcastle finished in an impressive 10th place last season, they will need to bring in a few fresh faces in order to improve on their 2017/18 season and keeping hold of Kenedy would be a great way to start.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 04: Timothy Fosu-Mensah of Crystal Palace is challenged by Kenedy of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United at Selhurst Park on February 4, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Transfer ultimatum

The Chronicle Live has reported that Newcastle chairman Mike Ashley will only release more transfer funds once Benitez’s future is clear.

Benitez was on Tyneside last week to hold meetings with the club’s hierarchy and he has made it clear he wants to sign several players this summer.

But it does not look as though Benitez will not be able to sign anyone unless he agrees to a new deal with the North East club.

However, it does appear that Ashley is willing to allow Benitez to loan players while his contract situation is being sorted.

Related: Rafa Benitez explains his Newcastle miracle.

Newcastle fans buoyed by Kenedy’s Instagram Stories during Chelsea match.

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