On Wednesday morning, reports have emerged that Fluminense full-back Wallace has completed a €5.5 million transfer to Premier League giants Chelsea, to take place in June 2013. The Elastico offers a simple guide to the Blues’ latest Brazilian signing.
1. Wallace joined Fluminense aged 11 in 2005, having previously played at one of the club’s affiliated projects in Irajá, the area where he grew up. Since 2010, 40% of his economic rights have been owned by Chelsea, as part of the deal that returned Deco to Brazil.
2. The youngster spent a some of his youth career playing as an attacking midfielder, however he has always considered full-back to be his natural position. It is at right-back that he has made nearly all of his senior appearances, although occasionally deputising in the left full-back position.
3. In his early days at Fluminense, Wallace was often compared to the club’s former graduate Marcelo and was even given the same “Peixe” (fish) nickname. The club have a reputation for producing full-backs, with Manchester United’s Rafael and Fábio also having emerged from the Rio de Janeiro side’s academy in recent seasons.
4. The full-back is renowned for his pace and strength, as well as his attacking nature. Although he must still improve defensively, he has been playing well above his age level since he was 14 and made his senior debut aged just 17 in July 2011.
5. Wallace has represented Brazil at Under-15, Under-17 and Under-20 level, participating alongside Chelsea forward Lucas Piazon at the Under-17 South American Championship and World Cup in 2011.
6. To date, the youngster has made 23 senior appearances for Fluminense and has one title to his name – the 2012 Carioca State Championship. However, within the next few weeks he is set to add the 2012 Brazilian Championship title whilst, with the Seleção, he was also a key part of the 2011 Under-17 South American championship success.