Without a goal or a point so far this Premier League season, Newcastle United are desperate to strengthen their squad. According to The Chronicle, the Magpies sent a delegation to Genoa to watch Sampdoria midfielder Dennis Praet, 23, last weekend.
The Belgian has a €25m release clause which proved an obstacle for Anderlecht earlier this summer, who were only prepared to bid to €15m.
The fee may raise eyebrows in the north-east. Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has lowered his sights in the transfer market Rafa Benitez claimed last week. The unspoken consequence is that the sale of club is impinging on the Spaniard’s ability to keep the Magpies in the Premier League.
Praet joined Samp from Anderlecht for €10m last summer, making 31 Serie A appearances for I Blucerchiati.
The Blues want to bring in experienced cover before allowing the Brazilian to leave Stamford Bridge.
Kenedy caused a rumpus with two offensive videos posted on his social media account this summer which following an unsuccessful loan spell at Watford in 2016/17, has seen his stock fall with Antonio Conte. Good performances with Newcastle might resolve that or persuade the Geordies to make the move permanent.