Could Chelsea starlet Kenedy be on his way to Watford in a loan deal? PSV are also rumoured to be interested in a move for the 20-year-old, so here’s a roundup of the latest news in one of the hottest whispers today.
ESPN have reported that Kenedy is in ‘advanced talks’ with Watford, with a view to signing the player on a short-term loan deal.
Watford boss Walter Mazzarri has identified the player as one who could help his side to avoid a relegation dogfight, and it seems Kenedy won’t be featuring in the first team plans at Chelsea this season.
The transfer index has a high score of 4.0, showing that there appears to be some substance to the rumours. The Brazilian has also been linked with a loan move to PSV, which makes sense after being left out of the team during much of pre-season.
It appears that he won’t be featuring in Antonio Conte’s early plans, and it could make sense to secure first-team football and come back to challenge for a place in the first team.
Goal.com reported that the manager has told the player that he won’t be able to promise him regular football in the coming months, and that the two clubs are currently in the process of agreeing the terms of the deal.
A move to Watford would allow the club to keep an eye on the promising winger, who also filled in at left back after the Blues had numerous problems in defence last year.
Kenedy joined Chelsea from Fluminense last summer, making a number of appearances in the first team for the Blues in his first year in England.
20 appearances in all competitions were topped off with the fastest goal of the season against Norwich in the league.
He’s an exciting player thanks to his versatility, and he would offer backup in a number of positions across the park. He’s also experienced the rigours of the Premier League, so he wouldn’t need as much time to bed into a squad where he could be expected to play regularly.
Here’s a roundup of his contribution to a struggling Chelsea side:
He’s a versatile player with decent experience considering his age. The Blues will want him to continue progressing in the meantime, and Watford could give him a chance to stay close to his parent club, where they can keep a close eye on the Brazilian under-20 international.
Given his run in the first team last year, he deserves a chance to continue progressing in the Premier League. A battle to stave off relegation isn’t ideal, but it could help to build character, and there’s no substitute for game time.
Chelsea see him as one for the future, so he’s expected to be back in the side after the loan is completed.
Watford have been reasonably quiet in the market so far, but managed to kick off their season with a lucky point against Southampton following a 1-1 draw.
The manager recently remarked that his “first objective is to stay in the Premier League”, and Kenedy could be an astute signing if he does make the short journey down to Vicarage Road.
Juventus midfielder Roberto Pereyra is a still a target according to Sky, although they’ve already had a £7.8m bid rejected for the Argentina international. Watford are expected to come back with an improved offer.
They’ve also been linked with Matt Miazga, another young Chelsea player rumoured to be available on loan. The American defender has been linked with a number of teams, but the Blues made it apparent that they would prefer him to stay in England.
Either way, it seems that Watford are still aiming to strengthen their squad, although they don’t seem willing to splash the cash in a bid to ensure survival. That being said, their targets would improve the overall balance of the team, and the Chelsea players would have something to prove to their parent club.