Flamengo have been trying their hardest to convince Chelsea to agree to a (loan) deal for Kenedy, and their efforts appear to have finally come to fruition. According to Brazilian newspaper O Dia, the Blues have given Flamengo the green light to bring the former Fluminense winger back to Brazil.
Flamengo’s pursuit goes back to at least May, when they opened up their training facilities for the 25-year-old to use to keep in shape while on holidays — and at the same time, also to sell him on the idea that moving back to his home country would not be a step backwards in his career. But Chelsea were more than happy to sit back and wait, not bothering to make any quick decisions.
But now, the path is clear. Kenedy is set to join on a one-year loan, with a €10m buy-option and with Flamengo covering 100 per cent of his wages. The deal is expected to be finalized this weekend.
If Kenedy can replicate or improve on his career-best form from last season at Granada in La Liga, where he scored 8 goals in 44 matches, he just might convince Flamengo to exercise the option.