Chelsea fans … remember Dan Petrescu?
The Romanian full-back played for The Blues for five years just prior to the turn of the Millennium and was part of the team that won the FA Cup in 1997 and the League and Cup Winners’ Cup in 1998.
His impact was so impressive that when the Premier League announced their overseas team of the decade at the Premier League 10 Seasons Awards he was installed at right-back.
Since retiring as a player in 2003 Petrescu has gone in to a career as a manager. He made his name at Sportul Studentesc before going on to manage the likes of Rapid Bucharest, Wisla Krakow and Kuban Krasnodar; but is perhaps best known for leading now defunct outfit Unirea Urziceni to the Champions League finals in 2009-10.
Nowadays the 45-year-old is overseeing things at Russian outfit Dinamo Moscow and has already improved the squad this summer by bringing in former FC Twente defender Douglas and Vladimir Dyadyun from Rubin Kazan.
But one area in which the former attacking full-back wants to improve is his very own position. Luke Wilkshire is the current right-back at the club but the Australian international is beginning to lose the pace necessary in an attacking sense. The former Middlesbrough and Bristol City player is now into his 30’s and Petrescu wants somebody younger to come in and do the job for him.
Which brings us to Wallace.
Chelsea’s excellent new recruit has shone in pre-season and that is great - except he does not yet have a work permit and is unlikely to get one.
Therefore Chelsea are willing to send him out on loan.
Many teams have been linked with the process and his spokesman told Russian site Izvestia that Dinamo were an interested party; along with teo big European clubs:
I hope that next week we will solve all questions about the future of Wallace. Chelsea has notified me that I was looking for a new team for my footballer. Proposals we have enough, and we want to analyze each option. I cannot say that we have already agreed with "Inter", but the interest of the "Nerazzurri" is present. Also interested in the services of defender Marseille and Russian "Dynamo"
There is little wonder why Petrescu likes Wallace. The two are very similar in playing style. Both like to marauder forward and link up with the attack on swashbuckling runs and Wallace will have more first team football at Dinamo than the other two options mentioned.
So could Petrescu use any old Chelsea links to get his man?
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