Newcastle Face Competition from Europe’s Elite in Winger Race


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Newcastle United hopes of signing Chelsea winger Kenedy on a permanent deal were dented by the news of interest in the 22-year-old Brazilian from Europe’s elite clubs.

According to Sky Sports, Bayern Munich and Paris St-Germain lead a coterie of suitors who contacted the Blues asking to be kept informed of his situation.

Since joining the Magpies on loan, Kenedy has become a fan favourite on Tyneside and has scored two goals in eight appearances, bolstering Newcastle’s chances of Premier League survival.

First-team football proved elusive for the youngster. After making 40 appearances for Fluminense, Kenedy moved to west London in a $10m deal in August 2015. In two-and-a-half years, he made just 27 appearances for the Blues and one for Watford during a loan flop.

Disciplinary problems saw him sent home from Chelsea’s pre-season tour of the Far East. Social media posts were deemed “distasteful” and fans turned on the youngster during the Blues 3 – 0 win over Arsenal.

A deadline day loan move to Newcastle fell through but Rafa Benitez returned to sign the winger in January.

Bayern are renewing deals with Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery but looking to the future with both players heading toward the twilight of their careers, the Germans are looking toward the future.