Chelsea are hoping to take advantage of reported interest around Europe in Kenedy by slapping a £20m price tag on him, thus more than tripling the club’s initial investment in the 22-year-old back. Chelsea acquired Kenedy from Fluminense for around £6-6.5m three years ago, in the summer of 2015, but after a promising first season, his prospects at the club have dimmed considerably.
The report, from Newcastle’s Chronicle newspaper, is fearful of this situation as they don’t think Newcastle would be able to afford the fee, even if Kenedy is “receptive” to returning. They would love to have Kenedy back for all of next season after a happy six months this year, but Chelsea apparently would prefer a permanent transfer rather than another loan.
Could it be time to cash-in on Kenedy? Generating profit is one of the goals of the Loan Army after all, and getting a cool £20m for Kenedy would certainly fit that bill (especially if he’d end up outside of the Premier League).