March 22, 2023

Chelsea could be set to take their summer transfer earnings to over £100million, with winger Kenedy reportedly close to leaving the club.

The Brazilian has long been out of favour at Stamford Bridge having been sent out on five consecutive loan spells since his arrival from Fluminense in 2015.

He has made just 27 appearances for the Blues in that time, with the majority of those coming during the 2015/16 campaign under Jose Mourinho.

Since then, he has had spells with Watford and Newcastle United in the Premier League, whilst he also spent the last two seasons in La Liga with Getafe and Granada.

Now, he could be set to seal a return to his former club with reports from Brazilian journalist Vene Casagrande stating that Fluminense have agreed a deal to sign the 25-year-old on a season-long loan.

The Brazilian club also reportedly retains the right to purchase him outright for €10million (£8.5million) should he impress back in his homeland.

Whilst that fee might seem not too significant to Chelsea, should Fluminense choose to activate the clause it could take their summer earnings to a big milestone having originally signed the winger for a reported £6.3million back in 2015.

The Blues have already earned huge amounts from the sales of Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori and Marc Guehi this summer, with the academy trio having moved to AS Roma, AC Milan and Crystal Palace respectively.

Those numbers have been supplemented by the relatively modest transfer fees that the club have managed to earn from the sales of Olivier Giroud, Tino Livramento, Dynel Simeu, Lewis Bate and more.

When all taken into account, including the potential fee that Chelsea could receive for Kenedy, it means that they have received over £100million in payments this summer from a number of buyers.

Of course, that amount has already been invested back into Thomas Tuchel’s squad with Marina Granovskaia having secured the club record signing of Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku.

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