The Blues have confirmed that Rafa Benitez has snatched up Chelsea outcast Kenedy on a season’s loan.
Newcastle’s boss officially offered the Brazilian a way out after learning he was up for grabs.
Benitez has moved quickly to secure the deal using well-established contacts made during his spell in charge of the club four years ago.
And the winger will offer the Tyneside giants added impetus going forward as the Spaniard continues his re-building of the Magpies.
The Brazilian has had a troubled pre-season after being sent home for the Blues’ tour of the Far East following offensive comments made about the Chinese.
The 21-year-old was not likely to be part of Antonio Conte’s plans for the defence of their Premier League title, but his actions on the tour pretty much nailed on that a move would happen this summer.