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Kenedy set to sign for Chelsea from Fluminense - sources

Kenedy looks set to sign for Chelsea.

Chelsea are on the verge of signing highly rated Brazilian youngster Kenedy from Fluminense, sources have told ESPN FC.

A deal in the region of £6.3 million has been agreed between Chelsea and an investment group which bought the economic rights of Kenedy from Fluminese last week.

The 19-year-old is regarded as one of the brightest talents to emerge from Brazil in recent years having starred for the Brazil under-17 side at the 2013 South America Championship, scoring six goals to finish as his country's top scorer in the tournament.

Manchester United, Juventus and Barcelona have all been linked with an interest in Kenedy, but Chelsea are set to win the race for the skilful winger's signature.

Kenedy broke into the Fluminese first team last year and he has consolidated his place in the side this term, starting up front alongside Brazil international Fred.

Should Chelsea tie up a deal for Kenedy they are hoping to send the teenager out on loan to another Premier League club, but rules on work permits could force them to send the South American out on loan to a club in Europe.

Blues manager Jose Mourinho is keen for Kenedy to gain some valuable first-team experience out on loan before coming back to challenge for a place in his star-studded side in the future.

Kenedy will become the second young Brazilian to make the move to West London this summer after Chelsea secured the signing of Nathan from Atletico Paranaense last month and he will join the ever-growing Brazilian contingent at Chelsea that includes Willian, Oscar, Ramires, Felipe Luis, Lucas Piazon and Wallace.

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