Chelsea winger Kenedy had a fairly good season at Granada this season, helping them reach the Europa League quarterfinals and finish ninth place in La Liga. He was impactful enough that they want him to stay on loan for another season, this time with a view to make it a permanent deal at the end of the season.
But not only might Chelsea have different plans, Kenedy himself might have different ideas as well. According to Brazilian newspaper O Dia, current Série A champions Flamengo are very much interested in bringing the 25-year-old back to his home country — and the interest is mutual.
Kenedy was seen having lunch with Flamengo vice-president, Marcos Braz, earlier this week, during his vacations in Rio. The ties have been strengthened by the fact that he’s chosen to train with Flamengo during these holidays, instead of going back to his original club, and major rival, Fluminense, to do so.
Nesta sexta-feira (28.05), Kenedy visitou o CT George Helal para conhecer a estrutura. O atleta realizará tratamento e trabalho de transição física no clube durante as férias. #CRF— Flamengo (@Flamengo) May 28, 2021
Flamengo have already held talks with Kenedy regarding a loan move, and he’s apparently keen on the idea, having given them the “green light”. However, Chelsea will be harder to convince. Kenedy has just had the best season of his career and had put pen to paper on a three-year contract extension to 2024 just a couple months ago.
But, as they say, where there is a will, there is a way. Flamengo are one of few clubs in Brazil who can afford paying Kenedy’s wages and perhaps even make a permanent move for him, just as they did with former Inter Milan striker Gabriel Barbosa last year.