The Brazil Under-20 international, who is capable of playing in every position on the left-hand side of the pitch, has been identified as a potential summer signing by Barca’s senior international scout Ariedo Braida.
This is according to Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo - and relayed by the Mirror - who understand that Barcelona are looking at the 20-year-old as a possible back-up option for the ‘MSN’ - Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.
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Barcelona were previously interested in signing Kenedy before he joined Chelsea from Brazilian outfit Fluminense in June 2015, but Luis Enrique decided against making a formal move for the youngster with Munir El Haddadi and Sandro Ramirez ready to break into the first team.
However, neither Munir or Sandro have progressed at the rate Barcelona were hoping for at the start of the season, hence why the Catalan giants have now renewed their interest in Kenedy.
Kenedy scored fastest Premier League goal of season
Earlier this month, the South American scored the fastest goal of the 2015-16 Premier League campaign against Norwich City.
Kenedy, playing from left-back at Carrow Road, burst forward and placed a brilliant shot into the bottom corner of the net past John Ruddy with just 39 seconds on the clock.
That was Kenedy’s first ever Premier League goal; he has made nine league appearances this season and Chelsea will be reluctant to allow the talented youngster to leave Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho was a big fan
Kenedy impressed against Barcelona in pre-season and, after the match, the then-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho heaped praise on the gifted starlet.
“We bought Kenedy because we believe in him,” the Portuguese coach was quoted as saying by the Guardian. “He’s a very young kid that we believe a lot in, hopefully.
“We have conditions to get him a work permit because we want him. We don’t want him to go out on loan. I think we have what the rules demand to get him a permit.
“He was in pre-season with us without the documents so he couldn’t play the first two matches for us. Against Barcelona he had the chance to do it and even if it was a friendly I think it was the best debut for a kid, to play against the best team. It was a great night for the kid and a great experience.”
Barcelona move would be a risk
While the chance to play alongside the world’s best players would appeal to any ambitious young footballer, Kenedy will surely be aware that he has it good at Chelsea.
Competition for first-team places is even stiffer at Barcelona and his chances of starting for Enrique’s side, at this moment in time, would appear to be slim.
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