Chelsea news: Kenedy in talks to finally leave but deal is ‘difficult’

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Kenedy has not played for Chelsea since 2018 (Picture: Getty Images)

Chelsea outcast Kenedy is in talks with Flamengo to finally leave the club on a permanent deal, although the Brazilian side’s director admits that a deal will be difficult to do.

Still only 25, the versatile Brazilian signd from Chelsea from Fluminense back in 2015 but has spent most of his time since then on loan elsewhere.

Kenedy initially stayed in England on his loan spells, turning out for Watford (briefly) and Newcastle, but then went further afield, spending time at Getafe and Granada in Spain.

Remarkably he still has three years left on his contract at Chelsea despite not playing for them in any competition since 2018 and not in the Premier League since May 2017.

Flamengo director Bruno Spindel says that talks have begun to bring Kenedy back to Brazil, but says the finances of any deal will be difficult to sort out.

He references the high price Chelsea paid for him back in 2015 (around £6m) and also issues with the value of the Euro.

‘Kenedy is a very interesting athlete,’ Spindel said (via UOL). ‘Flamengo are talking. It’s also very difficult, he’s from Chelsea, he’s an interesting player who’s had a great season.

‘Now it’s a very difficult negotiation, an athlete who was transferred for a very high fee to Chelsea. We’d like to have him, but again, even because of the financial situation, the value of the Euro, everything that happened, we see it as a difficult situation.’

Kenedy turned out 44 times for Granada last season, scoring eight goals in what was his most prolific campaign to date in terms of appearance and finding the back of the net.

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