Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has confirmed that he is ready to launch an imminent swoop to snap up the signature of Chelsea winger Kenedy if and when the club break the 40 point barrier in the Premier League.
The Magpies currently sit on 38 points after a run of impressive form which has seen them pick up three successive victories over Southampton, Huddersfield Town and Leicester City, helping drag themselves up the table and away from the relegation battle.
Currently sitting in 10th, Benitez and his men are looking to continue their hot streak with a win over Arsenal at St James’ Park on Sunday, although the north east side have history against them, having not picked up victory over the north London outfit since 2010.
With survival within touching distance, the Spaniard has revealed his attentions are turning to the summer window and that 22-year-old speedster Kenedy is near the top of his list, having joined on loan in Januady after winning the title with Chelsea last season.
Stating that a call could be made to Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening, he told the Daily Mail: “There is a worry the value may go up, but if you say, “Do I want him to score goals and the value will go up?”, then yes, I want him to score goals.
“That is football – if you have a good player the value goes higher.
“But main thing for now is to get to 40 points and then speak to Chelsea – so maybe we can do it on Sunday night.’
“He has the the level to play in a top team, yes. But he is in a top side already!
“If we can get two or three with experience or more quality, he will be even better.”
Football Insider verdict
Newcastle’s hopes of securing the signing of Kenedy seem to be slimming every weekend, for his impressive performances are only going to see more potential suitors join the chase. Still, for now Benitez can consider himself in the driving seat considering the player is under his charge, and he will be doing all he can to convince the Brazilian winger to remain at St James’ Park long term. What does go in the Magpies’ favour is a seemingly guaranteed starting role, ahead of the likes of Christian Atsu and Jacob Murphy in the pecking order. Unfortunately for Benitez and Newcastle, money talks, and they will not be able to compete financially if the big boys come calling.
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