Back in August this year, near the summer transfer window’s end, there were many rumors linking by-then Fluminense right-back prodigy Wallace to several European clubs in Italy and Chelsea back in England. It sounded as though those rumors were dead, but we’ve become aware that a move from Fluminense to London club Chelsea was in the making back in October and that such deal had Wallace moving in to England at the end of the Premier League season for 10m Euros – but Chelsea would only pay 60% of the alleged fee as they’ve gotten 40% of his rights from the Deco transfer to Flu.
But it seems that such move can be done earlier.
Wallace will go through an adaptation process in Cobham – Chelsea’s training center – beginning at the start of the year, in the fashion of Lucas Piazon when he moved to São Paulo to Chelsea. But unlike Piazon, Wallace has no EU passport whatsoever, and he hasn’t been capped by the Seleção either, therefore diminishing his chances of getting a work permit from The FA straight away.
This could turn out to be problematic as Wallace is nowhere near Brazil’s main NT level and could be forced to spend some years on loan not only to get match experience but a EU passport as well.
But, just a tip: don’t be surprised if you ever get to see Wallace featuring in a game for Brazil in the near future. Shady business might be in the works.