Chelsea are very close to securing a deal for Brazilian starlet Kenedy and could complete the transfer imminently, according to ESPN sources.
The young attacker has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge for the past few months but was also attracting attention from a host of other European clubs.
As a result it will please Blues fans to know that a £6.3million move has supposedly been agreed between Chelsea and the investment group that now owns the rights to the player.
The 19-year-old has a burgeoning reputation as a player of great potential and as a result Chelsea are desperate to get a deal done so he can officially be lodged on their books.
It’s said that Jose Mourinho doesn’t think him ready for first-team football just yet and so a loan spell will naturally ensue, but all the same a transfer is imminent.
Kenedy's big move
Given that Kenedy is Brazilian he may have to find opportunities in other countries whilst he awaits a work-permit to play in England, no matter how much Chelsea want to given him Premier League experience.
Other players, specifically Thibaut Courtois, have gone down that route and prospered, and he will be given a chance to impress Mourinho without the demanding surroundings English football is infamous for.
If and when the Blues can sign Kenedy he will become the latest name to join an ever-growing Brazilian contingent in west London.
The likes of Oscar, Filipe Luis, Willian and Ramires all featured for Mourinho’s team last season, whilst Atletico Paranaense’s Nathan, also 19, only signed for Chelsea last month.
Of course there is the worry that Kenedy could join a worryingly long list of young players who have transferred to Stamford Bridge only to see their careers stall as they find it impossible to break into the first-team.
The fact that Mourinho is paying over £6m for the Fluminense man implies that he holds him in high regard, but all the same the quality of the Portuguese manager’s squad necessitates that anyone playing in it is of impeccable standard.
As a consequence it seems as though Kenedy will be given his chance on loan, an opportunity that he must take quickly if he’s not to be forgotten amongst the deluge of gifted young players currently attached to the Blues.
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