Report: Chelsea nearing next summer departure as Mourinho signing set for loan move

Forgotten Chelsea man Kenedy is closing in on his latest loan move in the form of Brazilian champions Flamengo.

According to O Dia, Flamengo have already agreed to sign the 25-year-old on a season-long loan, with an option to buy at the end of his spell.

Kenedy has been on the radar of the reigning kings of the country for some time.

Although, O Dia claim he initially did not want to return to his homeland, with interest from Europe still apparent.

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He enjoyed a strong year with Granada last campaign, who reportedly wanted to retain his services for another term.

But it seems the player’s head has been swayed and a foray into Flamengo territory looks like the next step in his career.

O Dia say that Chelsea’s original stance was to sell Kenedy completely, as they look to trim down Thomas Tuchel’s heavily inflated squad.

However, conversations with their Brazilian counterparts have seemingly come to the conclusion that a part-time transfer will suffice for now.

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Permitted Flamengo do exercise their right to buy the versatile left-footer, it would finally call time on his fractured Blues career.

Jose Mourinho signed him as a fresh-faced teenager from Fluminense back in 2015.

In over half a decade on the Stamford Bridge book, he’s only made 27 appearances and represented four other clubs.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.