Kenedy will become the 33rd player to leave Stamford Bridge this summer as he is on the verge of joining Newcastle United on a season-long loan from Chelsea.
The Brazilian youngster had incurred the wrath of the Chelsea board and faced an uncertain future at the club following his down-grading comments about China during the Premier League champions’ pre-season tour in the Far East which caused an outrage in the country.
He posted pictures on Instagram with the caption ‘Damn China,’ and ‘Wake up China, you idiot.’ And as a result the 21-year-old was sent back home by Chelsea, with the club having to apologize to the entire nation and also distanced themselves from Kenedy’s behaviour.
“Kenedy’s actions were a mistake that he will learn greatly from,” Chelsea wrote on their official site.
“His behaviour does not represent the entire team and does not align with the club’s high expectations and strict requirements of its young players. He has been strongly reprimanded and disciplined”.
And despite the controversy, Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is interested in signing the former Fluminese winger on loan till the end of the season. The Spaniard has become frustrated with his club transfer activity this summer and he is keen to reinforce his final third.
He has also been linked with Arsenal forward Lucaz Perez but he is keen on finalizing a deal for Kenedy before the Magpies opening game against Tottenham on Sunday.
Kenedy spent some parts of last season on loan at Watford but was limited to one appearance due to injuries. He moved to Chelsea in a £6.3million deal from Fluminese in 2015 and has made 23 appearances in all competitions. He can play as a left-winger and as a left-back.