Newcastle United are looking forward to improving on their 10th-place Premier League finish next time out, and major summer recruitment is underway.
The 22-year-old Brazilian contributed two goals and two assists in 13 league appearances, but has since returned to Stamford Bridge.
Despite the availability of Christian Atsu, Newcastle need another left winger capable of delivering like Kenedy did, and their answer could be found in Stoke City's Ramadan Sobhi.
With the Potters now in the Championship, the Egyptian international may well be staying behind in the top flight, and Liverpool and Huddersfield Town have both been linked with an interest.
The latter is reportedly close to agreeing a deal with Sobhi, and Newcastle might have missed a trick should he indeed end up securing a move to the West Yorkshire club.
Despite ending the last campaign with just two goals in 24 league games - 12 of which were from the bench - the Egyptian has a lot of potential going forward.
Sobhi's dribbling and defensive contributions would make him the perfect Newcastle winger, with his ability to play deep, in the middle and further up front on the left flank sure to come in handy at a place like the St. James' Park.
The 21-year-old former Al Ahly star has everything it takes to blossom into one of the best wide men in the league under the guidance of Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, and could have been a fine long-term addition to the Magpies, but the Terriers seem to have secured themselves the player's signature.
But Sobhi could have been the perfect Kenedy replacement given what he brings to the table, and Newcastle appear to have missed out on a trick here.
The youngster will be lining up alongside Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah for Egypt at the World Cup in Russia, and he is expected to feature prominently as the Pharaohs look to make it out of a Group A consisting of Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay.
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