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Sassuolo, Chelsea begin talks over Kenedy loan — report

Silly season in the final stretch

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Last we heard, young winger Kenedy was looking for a way out of Chelsea on a permanent transfer, rather than extending his expiring contract and going out on loan (to Reading or wherever the tabloids papers would have us believe).

While the Reading move on deadline day fell through (or was never real), the 23-year-old has now been linked with a move to Sassuolo by the oracle of the calciomercato himself, Gianluca Di Marzio. Other reports have gone even as far as to claim that the two teams are now in discussions over a potential move.

Sassuolo’s first choice left-back, Rogerio has suffered an injury, the gravity of which is not known yet. But with the transfer window slamming shut on September 2, Sassuolo (who’ve done business with Chelsea for Jeremie Boga in recent seasons) do not want to be taking risks. Accordingly, they have apparently opened discussions for Kenedy on loan.

Sassuolo’s manager Roberto De Zerbi is known for a progressive and attacking style of play, though the primary concern for this possible move might rather be whether Kenedy would be willing to play primarily left back again.

Irrespective of where he ends up, the need of the hour for Kenedy is gametime, to once again show the directness he was highly praised for both at Chelsea upon his arrival and at the start of his Newcastle loan spell. While it’s unlikely that he will ever reach a level necessary to play for Chelsea regularly, he certainly has the potential to play for a big club, while also making sure that Chelsea earn back most, if not all of the €8m we spent. But for that to happen, he first needs to secure a move before September 2.

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