Under-20 Brazilian international Kenedy has joined Chelsea from Fluminense for an undisclosed fee, though it is believed to be around £6.3m as his former club announced in July that this fee was agreed with a then unnamed club, who subsequently turned out to be Chelsea.
His only previous club to Chelsea was Fluminense who he played for on 42 occasions, scoring five times. He has been capped at Under-17 and Under-20 level for Brazil and represented them at the 2013 South American Championship, scoring seven goals.
Prior to being signed, he played for Chelsea against Barcelona this summer as part of a trial. It is expected that he will be part of the main Chelsea squad this season as the club believe they can secure a work permit for him.
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Loaned out youngsters
In the past, Chelsea have tended to loan out younger signings who would probably not gain a work permit, or weren’t in Mourinho’s immediate plans, to overseas clubs.
It was thought that he may go out on loan for the season to Vitesse Arnhem with Nathan, another Brazilian signing who has joined the Dutch side temporarily.
The forward joins a club with a strong Brazilian contingency with Ramires, Oscar and Willian already established squad members.
Chelsea’s main issues this season have related to their defensive inability rather than attacking threat. As to whether Kenedy will make a profound difference to the team’s fortunes, only time will tell.
Chelsea play Crystal Palace in the Premier League this Saturday at Stamford Bridge.
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