Chelsea, this week, confirmed that they have agreed a deal with Brazilian side Fluminense for the transfer of Wallace during the January transfer window for an undisclosed fee.
As part of the deal, the 18-year-old defender will remain with Fluminense until the end of the season and will join his compatriots – David Luiz, Ramires, Lucas Piazon and Oscar – at Stamford Bridge in July.
As the 18-year-old is a relative unknown to supporters outside of his homeland, here are the ten things you should know about him..
- Wallace Oliveira dos Santos was born on 1 May 1994 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
- He is the latest full-back to graduate from Fluminense’s Vale das Laranjeiras Training Centre, after twins Rafael and Fabio Da Silva (Manchester United) and Marcelo (Real Madrid).
- He made his Fluminense debut at the age of 17, coming on as a substitute four Souza in a 4-0 win over Ceara.
- He has since appeared in 18 of his team’s 38 league matches in 2012 as Fluminense won the Brazilian league title for the second time in three years.
- Since 2010, 40% of his economic rights have been owned by Chelsea, as a part of the deal that saw Deco join Fluminense. The former Porto and Barca midfield played a role in the transfer, as he was the one to recommend the club as an ideal destination for the youngster.
- Lucas Piazon, who joined Chelsea last year from Sao Paulo, was one of Wallace’s team-mates during his time as a Brazil youth international.
- Wallace has represented Brazil at Under-15, Under-17 and Under-20 level. He was a part of the side that won the U-17 South American Football Championship in Mexico, 2011. He was also a part of the 2011 U-17 FIFA World Cup squad for Brazil.
- He will become the fifth Brazilian to join the growing contigent of the Selecao at Stamford Bridge after Ramires, David Luiz, Lucas Piazon and Oscar.
- He will be taking English lessons over the next six months before making his move to the Premier League. That will help him to settle well in the new country.
- He will be used more as a backup to Cesar Azpilicueta, which will allow Branislav Ivanovic to play more in his favoured position at centre-back.