By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
The Premier League leaders are leading the race to sign the 19-year-old forward, who is also wanted by Manchester United, Barcelona and Juventus.
Chelsea are in advanced talks to capture Kenedy from Fluminese in what is a deal complicated by third-party ownership issues.
The London club are negotiating the terms of the deal with intermediary Giuliano Bertolucci, who also represents Stamford Bridge Brazilian trio Oscar, Willian and Ramires.
Chelsea’s plan is to complete the signing and then send Kenedy out on loan in order to get first-team football, with Roma one possible destination.