Inter Milan are the latest Italian club to express an interest in taking Chelsea’s teenage full-back Wallace, who is unlikely to be granted a work permit to play in England, on loan for the season.
Chelsea signed the 19-year-old Brazilian from Fluminense in December and allowed him to remain at the club until the end of last season. He featured for his new employers on the recent three-match tour of Asia, impressing in flashes, but José Mourinho conceded that he would have to be loaned to a European club to gain first-team football and, potentially, break into the national set-up.
Chelsea hope to address the work permit issue next summer and, if he has benefited from senior football in a leading division, will argue he should be classed as a “special talent”.
The right-back was not included in the 25-man squad who travelled to the United States for a four-game tour and will join Nathaniel Chalobah, Josh McEachran and Lucas Piazón in securing a season-long deal elsewhere for the new season.
Inter will compete with Roma and Napoli, coached by the former Chelsea manager Rafael Benítez, in pursuit of the youngster with a decision likely over the next few days.
“We’ll get the best option for him, in Europe”, says Mourinho and continuous “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 if a very good player.”
When Wallace develops, he could eventually take Ivanovic’s place in the squad, or maybe Ashley Cole’s if he decides he can adapt to playing left back – like Newcastle United’s young Italian left back David Santon, who was previously a right back with Inter Milan.