• Premier League

Chelsea 'almost certain' to complete Wallace signing

ESPN staff
November 15, 2012
Roman Abramovich appears ready to approve another Chelsea signing © PA Photos

Chelsea are "almost certain" to sign Fluminense defender Wallace, according to the player's agent.

The 18-year-old full-back has been strongly linked with the Blues in recent times, with reports suggesting the west London club have owned a 40 per cent stake in the player since midfielder Deco went in the opposite direction two years ago.

It has been claimed this month that Chelsea are now on the verge of completing a £4.4 million move for the highly-rated player, with his agent Fernando Moraes confirming that talks have nearly reached fruition.

"There are very advanced negotiations with Chelsea and the signature is almost certain," Moraes said, according to Italian radio station Centro Suono Sport.

Moraes also confirmed that, should the signing be clinched, Wallace will join up with his new team-mates at Stamford Bridge - rather than be loaned out to another side to gain experience.

There had been reports that Roma could take the player on a temporary basis, to help his transition to European football.

"If Wallace goes to Chelsea, he will be playing there," Moraes said. "I had contact with Roma and many other Italian clubs, but that was a long time ago.

"I rule out the possibility of a loan [from Chelsea to Roma]. If he joins Chelsea he will play for the Blues."

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