Benitez suggests he could speak to Chelsea about Kenedy this weekend

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks on prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Huddersfield Town at St. James Park on March 31, 2018 in Newcastle upon...

Kenedy joined Newcastle United on loan from Chelsea in the January transfer window.

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Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has suggested to The Daily Mail that he could speak to Chelsea about signing Kenedy on a permanent contract this weekend.

The former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss has suggested that he will speak to Chelsea on Sunday night should the Magpies win against Arsenal at St. James’ Park in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon and reach 41 points.

The 22-year-old, who can operate as a winger or as a left-back, has been linked with other clubs in the summer transfer window.

According to ESPN, Arsenal want the Brazilian youngster, while The Northern Echo has credited Tottenham Hotspur with interested in the 22-year-old, who cost Chelsea £6 million in transfer fees when they signed him from Fluminense in the summer of 2015, as reported by The Independent.

Kenedy of Chelsea  FC runs with the ball during a Chelsea FC International Champions Cup training session at National Stadium on July 24, 2017 in Singapore.

Benitez told The Daily Mail about Kenedy: “Yes, 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.”

A detail of the tattoo on the head of Newcastle player Kenedy during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Burnley at St. James Park on January 31, 2018 in Newcastle upon...

Instant impact

Kenedy has been superb for Newcastle since doing the Magpies on loan from Chelsea in the January transfer window.

The 22-year-old has scored two goals and provided two assists in eight Premier League appearances for Benitez’s side.

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