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Chelsea's Wallace loaned to Inter

August 14, 2013
By Ben Gladwell, Italy Correspondent

Inter Milan coach Walter Mazzarri has landed one of his primary summer transfer targets with full-back Wallace Oliveira dos Santos joining on loan until the end of the season from Chelsea.

Wallace in action for Chelsea against Singha All Stars during their pre-season tour this summer.
GettyImagesChelsea were unable to obtain a work permit for Wallace.

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The Brazilian successfully passed a medical in Milan on Tuesday with the Serie A club announcing the deal in the evening. The 19-year-old will start training with his new team-mates on Wednesday as he embarks on a fresh adventure with the Nerazzurri, his first in Europe.

“It’s another battle to win,” wrote the player on his Twitter profile after the green light to his move was given.

His agent Frederico Moraes said his client was “delighted” to be joining Inter and that the former Fluminense prodigy can look forward to regular first-team football next year.

“Wallace is truly delighted that everything has gone through,” he told TuttoMercatoWeb. “He’s itching to play and now cannot wait to pull on his new shirt as soon as possible.”


The move should also be beneficial to the Blues, who were unable to receive a work permit for the player due to his lack of appearances. Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho will now have an additional excuse to see his former club in action this season as he monitors the Brazil under-20 international's progress.

With the arrival of the young full-back, who has chosen to wear the No. 18 shirt, Inter are now likely to drop their interest in Juventus’ Mauricio Isla and Napoli’s Juan Zuniga, both of whom had been touted as alternatives to Wallace.


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