Kenedy arrival at Newcastle United likely to be bad news for Javier Manquillo

Kenedy of Chelsea during the Carabao Cup Quarter-Final match between Chelsea and AFC Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on December 20, 2017 in London, England.

Newcastle United are set to sign Chelsea youngster Kenedy in the January transfer window.

Kenedy of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on September 12, 2015 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, Newcastle United are set to sign Kenedy on loan from Chelsea in the January transfer window.

Newcastle have reportedly agreed a deal to bring the Brazilian to St. James’ Park as soon as the transfer window re-opens, with Rafael Benitez looking to strengthen his squad.

Kenedy has been a long term target for Newcastle, with the Magpies making their first move to sign the Brazilian last summer.

Kenedy of Chelsea goes past the challenge from Angel Di Maria of PSG during the UEFA Champions League round of 16, second leg match between Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain at Stamford...

At that time the transfer fell through, but Newcastle have acted quickly to sign Kenedy at the next opportunity.

The 21-year-old can play anywhere down the left-hand side, but it seems most likely that he will play at left-back, if he makes the switch to Newcastle.

The Magpies have badly struggled defensively this season, with Javier Manquillo Benitez’s first choice left-back so far.

Newcastle player Javier Manquillo in action  during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on August 13, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Manquillo has made 15 Premier League appearances to date, but his future at Newcastle looks uncertain, if Kenedy does arrive.

Paul Dummett is set to return from injury soon, and Kenedy could well become first-choice left-back.

It means that Manquillo could go from being part of Benitez’s starting line-up to dropping to third choice next month, and that may leave the Spaniard’s days numbered at St. James’ Park.

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