Wallace is to be sent out on loan this season; but where would be his perfect location?
Chelsea fans have been impressed with a number of their returning loanees in pre-season this summer and one in particular who has caught the eye has been Brazilian right-back Wallace Oliveira dos Santos.
Wallace was signed from Fluminense at the end of December 2012 but in Wilfried Zaha fashion he was allowed to go back to his former club on loan.
He is now training with the first team and impressed in a recent game against Singha All Stars; earning a penalty with a marauding dart into the box which was then duly converted by Romelu Lukaku.
But with competition as fierce as ever at Stamford Bridge Jose Mourinho confirmed that the young Brazilian would spend the 2013-14 season away from the club:
"He's a good player and he won't be staying with us, because we have Ivanovic and Azpilicueta for the same position. He's also non-EC so we'll not get the visa, it'll be too early, so he'll go on loan for a season. We'll get the best option for him, in Europe. We want him to adapt. We'll see the best of him: he has talent and is one more investment for this club, a good investment, because the kid is a very good player."
Judging by those words it does not seem he will remain in the UK but rather be out on the continent.
So where could he end up?
The recent chatter has been of a move to Portuguese outfit Benfica with whom Chelsea have a healthy relationship. We recently ran a story on why that could be the perfect move for the boy given the standard of football in Portugal and his Portuguese speaking.
But some might argue it is the easy option and that to develop some character in the teenager he should be challenged slightly more with the rigours of being a top professional footballer.
Inter Milan have also registered an interest whilst AS Roma are also reportedly keen. The problem with that is simple; if you are sending him out on loan he needs to play regular football and getting that in Serie A, or with the top side that Benfica are, would be difficult.
So what other options are there?
Chelsea have plenty of teams throughout Europe with whom they have developed excellent links. One of which is with Werder Bremen; where Kevin de Bruyne spent last season.
The club is absolutely skint so getting a decent player like Wallace on a cheap deal would be a great coup.
But what is wrong with their old favourite Vitesse Arnhem? Over the years most of Chelsea’s most promising youngsters spend time with their Dutch sister club. The worry might be that the Eredivisie will not provide the level of competition that the club wants Wallace to be immersed within.
But the club has always done a good job with the clubs youngsters so it could perhaps be the best option.
But where do you think Chelsea should send Wallace on loan?
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