Blues set to secure Wallace deal

The youngster looks set to follow in the footsteps of Manchester

United twins Rafael and Fabio by leaving the club for England

before playing for them. The Brazilian club have confirmed that as

part of the deal that saw them sign Deco last summer, they sold 40

per cent of the rights of Wallace to Chelsea. The 16-year-old

full-back has since impressed hugely for the Brazilian Under-17

side and now it appears Chelsea are ready to push through a

permanent deal. Fluminese’s president Peter Siemsen confirmed that

Wallace was already part owned by Chelsea. “He still plays for

Fluminese and to get him out of Brazil, Chelsea would have to pay

the amount of the penalty clause remaining,” Siemsen confirmed.

“Chelsea only have a stake in him.” But Wallace revealed that he

was ready to make the move, before he had even pulled on a

first-team shirt for Fluminese – following the same path as the

twins, who moved to United from the Rio de Janeiro “I feel ready

for this challenge since I started playing football,” Wallace told

globoesporte. “I have not talked with the coaches yet, but the

expectation exists. Let’s see how it goes.” Fluminese have been

quick to deny that Wallace’s situation is similar to that of the Da

Silva twins and insists he may yet stay. “The situation is totally

different,” he said. “They were negotiated for and a deadline was

there for them to move by the time they were 18. “That was then,

not now – we want the player to, and depending on our coach, rise

to the professional ranks here by 2012.”