Chelsea are ‘almost certain’ to sign Brazilian starlet Wallace, according to the player’s agent.
The 18-year-old right-back has been earning rave reviews in his homeland, making a competitive debut for Fluminese in July last year and becoming a regular this season.
Reports earlier in the month claimed the Blues were already close to securing a deal for the player, and now agent Fernando Moraes has revealed that negotiations have reached ‘an advanced stage’.
"There are very advanced negotiations with Chelsea and the signature is almost certain," he told Italian radio station Centro Suono Sport, according to ESPN.
Moraes also revealed that the Blues will not be loaning the teenager out to another club – if the £4.4 million move to Stamford Bridge is completed as expected.
Serie ‘A’ giants Roma have been linked with a short-term deal, but Roberto Di Matteo will be keeping the player in his first team squad, according to the agent.
"If Wallace goes to Chelsea, he will be playing there,” added Moraes.
"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."
Wallace will join a long list of Brazilians in west London if he does complete a move to the Blues, with Selecao internationals Ramires, Oscar and David Luiz all currently in the senior side.