Wednesday 05 December 2012
Following the signings of David Luiz, Ramires, Lucas Piazon and Oscar, Chelsea will welcome a new addition to their growing contingent of Brazilians when Wallace is due to arrive from Fluminense next summer. The agreement takes effect in next month's transfer window but the defender will be loaned back to his present club until the end of May.
As the 18-year-old is a relative unknown to supporters outside of his homeland, premierleague.com got the lowdown on the exciting full-back from Rupert Fryer, freelance journalist and editor of www.southamericanfootball.co.uk.
1. Wallace Oliveira dos Santos was born on 1 May 1994 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
2. He is the latest in a long line of full-backs to graduate from Fluminense's Vale das Laranjeiras Training Centre, after brothers Rafael and Fabio Da Silva (Manchester United), and Marcelo (Real Madrid), to whom he has been frequently compared.
3. He made his Fluminense debut as a 17-year-old last July, just months after helping Brazil’s Under-17 side to the South American championship in Mexico.
4. He played 18 of his team's 38 Brazilian league matches in 2012 as Fluminense won the title for second time in three years.
5. Former Chelsea midfielder Deco, who joined Fluminense in 2010, played a role in the transfer of Wallace, recommending the club as an ideal destination but with the warning that he faces a battle to earn his place in the side.
6. There will be one familiar face waiting for him in London, as Lucas Piazon was one of Wallace's team-mates during his time as a Brazil youth international.
7. He was called up to the senior side by request of coach Abel Braga, who, Wallace admits, has been vital to his development as a footballer and as a person. "He is good a person, he talks, gives moral [advice], shows what is right or wrong," he told football publication Lance! "If I play badly, he tells me. If I play well, he praises me. I am very grateful to him for everything."
8. While his transfer to Chelsea has been agreed, the young full-back is far from finished with his present club. "My aim is to play a lot in 2013," he told Flu's official website. "After having participated in the pursuit of two major titles in 2012 [both national and state championships), next year, I want to win the Copa Libertadores [South America's Champions League]."
9. He will be taking English lessons over the next six months before making his move to the Barclays Premier League.
10. The progression from youth football to agreeing a move to the European champions has taken the 18-year-old quite by surprise. Only last week he said that he expected to make his way at a smaller club, and that joining Chelsea is a "dream come true".