More worry as Chelsea winger explores exit options ahead of European transfer deadline
August 23, 2019
Brazilian winger on the verge of leaving Stamford Bridge ahead of September 2
as he is down the pecking order under Frank Lampard.
is exploring options to leave the Blues permanently ahead of the European
transfer deadline after growing concerned at the opportunities he will be
given under Frank Lampard this season.
fitness from injury
had been named on the bench for their Premier League season opener at Manchester
United, but was dropped by Lampard from the match day squad for Sunday’s draw
with Leicester City due to the return to fitness of Willian.
was a stark reminder of where the Brazilian sits in the Stamford Bridge pecking
order, and that does not factor in Callum Hudson-Odoi’s return from injury in
the coming weeks.
Though Kennedy played 282 minutes in a busy pre-season, he is also battling Christian Pulisic and Pedro for a starting spot in west London.
23-year-old’s contract expires next summer and he would prefer to avoid
renewing his deal to secure a loan move before the close of the European
transfer window on September 2.
Chelsea prefer this approach as shown when they loaned Davide Zappacosta to Roma
on Wednesday without organising a buyout clause, as they renewed the
full-back’s contract until 2022 to protect their investment.
this could be Chelsea’s last chance to bring in more than £10 million ($12m)
for a player they signed from Fluminense for £6.3m ($7.7m) in 2015.
manager Lampard last spoke about Kenedy’s future a month ago and he admitted to
taking a good look at a player who had a mixed spell on loan at Newcastle
United for the last 18 months.
terms of Kenedy, my feeling coming into a big squad with a transfer ban was
that I need to assess the players for as long as I can in pre-season,” he said.
need to make sure we pick a squad, with me having had good eyes on them in
training and in games. If Kenedy continues to show the attitude and plays the
way he played, then he’s given a great case to stay here.
know he has been out on loan in recent seasons, and been part of the squad.
Nobody is in or out of the squad. There’s nobody who has had a line drawn under
them or over them. Everyone is competing and the squad will be picked in due
explored the option of signing Kenedy ahead of transfer deadline day earlier in
August but instead opted to sign Liverpool’s Ovie Ejaria on loan with an option
to make the deal permanent.
are unhappy with the terms proposed and have signaled that it might not be the
best move for their player.
They have already turned down an approach from Galatasaray for similar reasons, but there is a sense that the relationship between Chelsea and Monaco is not good.