Newcastle United have confirmed their third signing of the summer transfer window with Kenedy rejoining them on a season-long loan from Chelsea. The Brazilian was a huge hit for the Magpies during his temporary stint in the backend of last season and he has now been offered another chance to impress under manager Rafael Benitez.
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Kenedy had mostly featured in the left-wing back role during his time under Antonio Conte last season but his switch to Selhurst Park enabled him to operate further up the field where he was able to influence with his creativity. Overall, the 22-year-old managed to make 13 appearances for the Magpies during the second half of last term and during this period, he made a genuine impression with two goals and two assists to his name.
Kenedy, who is currently on a wage package of £25,000-a-week, becomes the Magpies’ third recruit of the summer transfer window following the permanent signing of goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng, who arrived on a free transfer from relegated Swansea City last month.
Despite the recruitments, Newcastle boss Benitez should be eyeing more signings during the ongoing transfer window with the club yet to spend any sizeable fee on a top-class recruit. The Tynesiders have already witnessed West Ham United spend nearly over £50m on six players to date and surely, Benitez has one eye on the proceedings with the Magpies in need to strengthen their frontline.
A new striker has been highlighted as one of the key targets for Benitez during the ongoing transfer window but considering Mike Ashley’s reluctance to spend big sums, the Magpies may have to offload first before making an approach for a marksman. Serbia international Aleksandar Mitrovic has been linked with a permanent exit to Fulham after impressing for the Cottagers on loan last term and his departure may enhance Newcastle’s transfer business.