Everton and Leicester City have an opportunity to tussle for Walace in the summer transfer window, with Bild believing it’s unlikely the Brazilian will continue at Hamburg should the club be relegated.
HSV look likely to suffer their very first relegation this season, and if that happens Bild say there’s only a 1% chance Walace would continue with the club.
The 22 year old is given a market value of €7m, and the German newspaper state playing in the second division ‘is not an option’.
A year ago the player’s agent Rogerio Braun spoke to Sport Witness about English interest and why clubs hadn’t gone through with a deal in the previous January window: “The point was that the teams had doubts about Walace’s capacity to adapt.
“The expectation was that he would play in four, five months. That is, the following season. Perhaps the clubs that had interest, Watford, Leicester, Everton, Lazio… they had doubts if he could play immediately”.
“Hamburg, because of the necessities, and of course, having the financial means to do so, ended up making the decision. And the fact is that Walace is now a starter for Hamburg in less than a month of activity.”
Given the twin interest of Everton and Leicester, with the Foxes interest going back further, it seems clear Walace is a Steve Walsh pick.
The defensive midfielder has now had some time to adapt to European football, and the English clubs can make a call on what they’ll have seen at Hamburg.