Chelsea FC To Sign Kenedy After Securing Work Permit

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By Junius (Trabalho próprio (Own work)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons /

Chelsea FC are set to finally complete the signing of Brazilian youngster Kenedy, after securing the player’s work permit. The Blues will pay a reported fee of £6.7 Million for the Fluminense winger, who impressed during Chelsea’s pre-season friendly against Barcelona late last month.

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It was assumed that the transfer would not go through as Greg Dyke, Chairman Of The FA had put in place a new points system to stop clubs obtaining work permits. Despite that, Jose Mourinho insisted that he wanted the winger in his squad by the end of the transfer window and now the deal looks close to completion.

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However, it is still not 100% certain that Kenedy will feature in the first team squad this season. Playing in a position that is already heavily congested with Willian, Juan Cuadrado and Victor Moses, it will be difficult for Kenedy to break in.

Having said that, rumours are swirling that both Cuadrado and Moses could be on the move with still 3 weeks of the transfer window remaining, and thus a lot can change. The young Brazilian is also capable of playing as a striker which could come in useful should Diego Costa have serious hamstring issues.

Kenedy is Chelsea FC’s fifth summer signing and will bring optimism to Blues fans after his exciting and inspired display in Charlotte. They will undoubtedly be eager to see whether he features for the Blues in this campaign, or is loaned out instead.

A quite likely scenario may involve him on a plane to Vitesse. If Kenedy is indeed sent to Holland then he will become the sixth Chelsea loanee sent to the Dutch club this season, joining the likes of Nathan, Izzy Brown, Dom Solanke, Danilo Pantic, and Lewis Baker. However because of the work permit, the youngster can be sent on loan to a club in England and perhaps that is the best course of action.

At just 19 years old he may not be ready for the Premier League yet but surely there are Championship clubs that could use his services. A move to a familiar club such as Middlesbrough could be beneficial for all; Boro are looking to gain promotion to the Premier League and Kenedy is in need of a crash course in English football. Wherever he ends up this is excellent news for Chelsea FC and Kenedy as both parties will hope that he becomes the next Brazilian star for the Blues.

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