Benitez has made no secret of his desire to remain at St. James’ Park, but he wants money to invest in quality.
Kenedy was brought to Newcastle in the January transfer window, and he immediately impressed during his loan spell from Chelsea.
Newcastle now face a battle to re-sign Kenedy, but if they can do so, Benitez would surely have to feel that his future remains on Tyneside.
Benitez just wants to have the tools in his squad required to challenge for trophies, and Kenedy could help him achieve that aim.
The 22-year-old Brazilian, who is valued at £20 million according to the Mail, was a real weapon during his time at Newcastle, and could be a star over the coming years.
His arrival on a permanent deal at St. James’ Park would be a signal of intent.
And if Kenedy does want to return, there should be nothing for Newcastle to think about, as not only would his arrival improve their squad but it could also help to convince Benitez to stick around.