When Chelsea finalized the purchase of Fluminense defender Wallace this past January, it was almost certain that he'd start his Blues tenure on loan. He's a very promising young prospect, but having just broken into the regular first team setup at Flu, he was nowhere near the level required to unseat players like Cesar Azpilicueta or Branislav Ivanovic. Regular minutes would be required for the youngster to continue his development, and Tancredi Palmer has an idea where that might happen:
Roma getting close to obtain Wallace on loan from Chelsea, according to Sky Italy— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) June 24, 2013
Roma showed interest in taking Wallace on loan all the way back in December, and he'd make just as much sense for them today as he did in 2012. Serie A would seem like a good place for the youngster to get acclimated to Europe, even though the capital club finished outside of the European places last season.
If Chelsea aren't planning on integrating Wallace into the first team immediately, getting his loan deal sorted as soon as humanly possible would make a tom of sense. He's in for an interesting year as is, so giving him as much of the preseason as possible to settle would certainly be something that would help him. I'd fully approve of this move, so here's hoping Tancredi is correct on this one.
P.S. - I'm sure someone is going to suggest that this should give us an "advantage" in signing a certain Brazilian center back they have. I'd make it a point to laugh that suggestion off, much like I pointed out that we should ignore the media linking us to Isco when Lucas Piazon ended up at Malaga or suggestions that Falcao was moving to Chelsea due to Thibaut Courtois.