CHELSEA exile Kenedy could be about to swap his loan deal for a permanent move away from Stamford Bridge.
The winger is currently on loan at Brazilian side Flamengo, who start their local Rio state championships at the end of January.
But Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk are reportedly lining up a bid when the window reopens next month.
New boss Roberto De Zerbi is understood to have singled out the 25-year-old as a top name on his transfer shortlist.
The Italian will soon be without forwards Dentinho and Marlos, whose contracts are expiring this winter.
Any move would require an agreement with Flamengo, who paid Chelsea a £425,000 loan fee last summer.
The Brazilian side are also said to have an £8.5million option to buy within the deal.
Kenedy’s Blues contract runs until 2023 but he has spent most of his Premier League career out on loan.
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He was first shipped off to Watford in August 2016 before injuries saw the Hornets cancel the stay.
Temporary deals with Newcastle, Getafe and Granada then followed as he struggled to hold down a first-team spot in West London.
The Fluminense academy graduate has made 18 appearances since moving to Flamengo.
He has notched one goal so far, during his side’s 3-1 victory over Juventude back in October.
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