As a bit of distraction from the talk about the Chelsea medical staff story, news has filtered out from Daily Mail that Brazilian starlet Robert Kenedy is finally set to be a Chelsea player officially after the former Fluminense attacker was granted work permit by the FA yesterday, thereby making him eligible to play on English soil.
The aforementioned source continues that the Brazil Under-20 star will compete his switch to Stamford Bridge for an agreed fee of £6.7m, after his brilliant displays against Barcelona in pre-season.
The youngster joined Chelsea after Fluminense sold his rights to an investment group, who further sold Kenedy to Chelsea. However, the Brazilian was not immediately deemed fit to gain a work permit like compatriot Roberto Firmino who has already represented Brazil’s senior men team and also has a huge £29m transfer fee paid to Hoffenheim for his services. Thus, the Blues had to wait for the player to be granted a work permit in order for them to know whether Kenedy will be sent out on loan to an European club or available to the first team – with the former still a huge possibility.
If the reports are true, Kenedy will have to battle the likes of Willian, Cuadrado and Traore for a starting spot in the right wing position in the team. Unlike the Brazilian and the Colombian, Kenedy and Traore are right wingers with natural left foots – which is something Jose Mourinho really wants. It is now left to be seen how the Portuguese utilises his options in that area.
The forward scored two goals in 20 appearances for Fluminense last season and featured just once for the Brazilian Serie A outfit this season before making the switch to Chelsea.