Chelsea winger Kenedy could leave the club before the European transfer window closes on 2 September, according to Goal.
The Brazilian looks set to find regular game-time difficult to come by this term, with the likes of Pedro, Willian, Christian Pulisic and the returning Callum Hudson-Odoi all ahead of him in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
The 23-year-old spent last season on loan at Newcastle, scoring one goal and providing one assist for the Magpies under the guidance of Rafa Benitez.
Kenedy was included in Lampard’s matchday squad for Chelsea’s Premier League curtain-raiser against Manchester United a fortnight ago, but was dropped for the proceeding visit of Leicester last weekend, with his fellow countryman Willian seemingly taking his position in the chosen 18 upon his return to fitness.
Having played 282 minutes of football throughout a busy pre-season (per Goal), there were promising signs that Kenedy may be given a fair opportunity to prove himself in the starting XI in west London this time out.
However, it is now understood that the player sees no future at the club where he has made just 27 appearances since arriving from Fluminense in 2015, and is now keen on securing a move away. Indeed, having struggled for game-time on Tyneside last season, it’s hard to see him outperforming the likes of Pulisic, Pedro and Willian who all averaged more dribbles than him per 90 mins last season according to WhoScored.
According to Goal, Reading explored the option of signing the Brazilian earlier this summer, but instead opted to sign Liverpool’s Ovie Ejaria on loan with an option to make the deal permanent.
It is thought that Chelsea would prefer to extend Kenedy’s contract – which is due to expire next summer – and then loan him out, just like they did with full-back Davide Zappacosta, who joined Roma on loan earlier this week after agreeing fresh terms with the Blues.
This would make perfect sense from the club’s perspective, but with Kenedy reportedly growing tired of being loaned out each season, he may well reject this approach to try and secure a permanent move elsewhere. Having struggled since his initial loan to Newcastle, a fresh start could be just what he needs.
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