The Premier League confirmed that the transfer window, in line with its earlier finish this summer, will start six weeks before it usually does. Opening on Thursday at midnight, top-flight sides will be itching to get deals done before the beginning of the World Cup next month.

Each of the 19 confirmed sides (playoffs still to be decided) who will be competing to stop Manchester City have been linked with a signing or two already. One of those involves Chelsea’s former manager, Rafa Benitez who is currently in charge of a Newcastle side who signed off their campaign with a 3-0 win over the Blues.

The Spaniard is, in fact, looking to raid his former club for two of their brightest youngsters. Kenedy spent the best part of the 2017/18 season at St James’ Park and seemed to make the right impression with some dazzling performances in the Magpies’ successful escape from a relegation dogfight. He is a wanted man yet again up in Tyneside if reports are to be believed with a loan move looking to be agreed.

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The Brazilian wideman isn’t the only Blues youngster being watched in the North-East as it is understood that Tammy Abraham might secure a temporary move after spending last term with relegated Swansea City. It is vital that he gets game time under his belt before becoming a regular at Stamford Bridge and that needs to come at a Premier League side under a top manager, making Newcastle the perfect candidates.

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Neither player is quite at a level where they will prominently feature for Chelsea in the top-flight so loan moves for the pair will certainly be beneficial. For Abraham, a poor first season for Alvaro Morata may provide a route into the squad whilst for Kenedy, a rumoured move for Eden Hazard could put his name in the hat to at least make the bench.


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