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Wolves: Wallace interest complicated by work permit problems

Wolves: Wallace interest complicated by work permit problems

Wolves have reportedly renewed their interest in Lazio defender Wallace, but face a significant obstacle in trying to sign the 24-year-old.

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The print edition of Il Tempo reported [via Sport Witness] that Wolves have “turned their attention again” to the centre-back but he is currently ineligible for a work permit.

According to Il Tempo [via Sport Witness], his three appearances for Brazil’s under-23 team is insufficient to qualify him for a work permit, as he has never played for their senior side.

Il Tempo [via Sport Witness] added that unless Wolves stump up a large transfer fee or pay him exorbitant wages, his work permit application will be unsuccessful.

Last month, Citta Celeste reported that Wallace was open to a move to the Premier League, having featured just 29 times in the last two Serie A seasons.

The 24-year-old Brazilian is a very good player in possession, with a passing success rate of 84.7%, while he also averages an impressive 1.9 interceptions per game.

His passing accuracy is higher than that of Wolves centre-backs Conor Coady (84.3%), Willy Boly (81%) and Ryan Bennett (79.6%).

Boly has a slight edge of Wallace in terms of interceptions with two per game, but the Lazio man is well clear of Bennett (1.3 per game) and Coady (0.8 per game) in this regard.

In late July, Nuno Espirito Santo reinforced his centre-back options with the loan signing of Jesus Vallejo from Real Madrid.

Like Wallace, the 22-year-old Spain underage international found club appearances limited last season, featuring in only five La Liga games, but he did record a passing success rate of 87.8% in La Liga and 91.7% for his country in their European Under-21 Championship triumph in June. He also had a slightly better average than Wallace for tackles per game with 1.2, compared to the Brazilian’s 1.1.

Wallace performs better than Vallejo for interceptions per game, though, with the Spaniard averaging 1.4. The Lazio man also has the edge in terms of aerial duels, winning 1.7 per game to Vallejo’s 0.6. Both players still fall well short of Boly (3.8) and Bennett (3.6) for this metric.

The arrival of Vallejo from Real Madrid has lessened Nuno’s need to sign a centre-back, but Wallace’s ball-playing ability and aptitude for stifling opposition attacks should strengthen Wolves defensively if they were to sign him.

Also, having played in a back three at Lazio, he would likely have little difficulty in adapting to Nuno’s preferred setup at Molineux.

Unfortunately for Wolves, the work permit hurdle seems a massive one to clear ahead of tomorrow’s 5pm deadline, which is a shame as Wallace seems like he would have been an ideal addition to their defence.

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