Chelsea snapped up 18-year-old Brazilian wonderkid Wallace in a £4.4m deal this afternoon.. The Blues held off competition from Napoli, Juventus and Manchester City for the talent youngster, who will remain at Fluminense until next summer.
Roberto di Matteo’s side bought some of the image rights to the Under-20 international right-back, as part of the deal that saw Deco arrive in Brazil on a free transfer in 2010.
When Wallace links up with the rest of the squad at Stamford Bridge he will become the latest in a recent influx of Brazilian teenagers who have made the trip across the Atlantic to the Premier League. Whilst some transfers, such as the capture of Rafael Da Silva from Fluminense to Manchester United have proved a success, there have also been a handful of Brazilian starlets who have flopped in the Premier League. Rafael’s former Fluminense and Manchester United teammate Rodrigo Possebon is just one example.
There is no guarantee to exactly how well Wallace will do at Chelsea. The physicality and pace of the English game does take a fair bit of getting used to. And after four years in the English game it is fair to say that Rafael has only this season managed to prove his competency defensively.
Additionally for Chelsea the signing of Cesar Azpilicueta indicates that Chelsea already have a promising young right back, who is more likely to adapt to the English game in a shorter period of time.
However with Wallace not turning 19 until May, the youngster has plenty of opportunity to develop and adapt to the English game in his own time, and whilst he is still young, he is still learning and he is only learning to get better. All he needs is time.