Brazilian attacking sensation, Robert Kenedy has opted to sign for the Jose Mourinho-tutored side despite interest from Manchester United
The Blues beat off competition from Premier League rivals, Man United to secure the youngster’s capture.
Although Kenedy’s club, Fluminense (when announcing the sale) failed to name the club which the player was sold to, a Brazilian newspaper Globo Esporte revealed Chelsea as the buyer. The fee is quoted to be in the region of €10 million.
Nathan, another Brazilian starlet who Chelsea signed earlier gave a confirmation by tweeting “Welcome to Chelsea” on his own official twitter page. Kenedy, dubbed as the new Neymar, was approached by The Blues in March, with Metro claiming an £18 million fee has been agreed back then.
Another report by Express sport states that Chelsea have beaten Manchester United to the signing of Kenedy. This was, however, supported by Goal, who confirms that the deal for the player has been done as evident in his wikipedia page which claims the 19-year old Brazilian as a Chelsea player.
If these reports are correct, Kenedy will most likely be sent on loan as he will require a work permit (in order to play football) in England. A move abroad, however, seems possible. Vitesse Arnhem, whom Chelsea recently loaned England youngster Lewis Baker is a probable destination.
Over three seasons, the U-20 Brazilian starlet has made 40 domestic appearances for Fluminense and has won 7 caps for the Brazil U-20 (Express).