Brazil winger Ilsinho is market's best free agent: Five Premier League teams who should take a look

Should Aston Villa, Tottenham, Newcastle, Bournemouth, or Liverpool take a look at Ilsinho?

The free agent market is not blessed with gems like Alessandro Del Piero or Jonas as it has been in previous post transfer window years, but there is one player who stands out.

Brazilian winger Ilsinho is available after his contract with Shakhtar Donetsk expired this summer, after three years with the Ukrainian side, his second spell with the club.

Ilsinho is 29-years-old and been capped by Brazil, and played in the Champions League over the past few seasons where he scored against Barcelona, and was part of their Europa League winning side in 2010

Sambafoot reported last week that he had told ESPN that while he has offers from the Middle East, he prefers to stay in Europe.

Last season he played 14 league games for Shakhtar and while he did not score, he was able to provide five assists.

A holder of a Portuguese passport, there would be no work permit issues for the Brazilian to negotiate if a side in England came calling.

Here are five Premier League teams who should take a look...


Newly promoted side Bournemouth have been badly hit by a six month injury to summer signing Max Gradel. Bringing in Ilsinho would add experience and quality to their side, and on a short-term basis could be a very useful addition, at least until the Ivorian returns.

Aston Villa

Adama Traore was Aston Villa's star signing, but if the club want to add a winger who has been there and done it, to relieve pressure on the former Barcelona youngster then Ilsinho could be the right man to help a side who have not won since the opening day.

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham sold Aaron Lennon on deadline day, and are not convinced over either Erik Lamela or Andros Townsend either. Clinton N'Jie and Heung-Min Son are likely going to be needed to play up front rather than out wide, and Ilsinho could provide valuable depth for a side yet to record a win four games in.


Liverpool could complete an attacking trident of Brazilians if they move for Ilsinho. A trio of Roberto Firmino, Coutino and Ilsinho behind either Christian Benteke or Daniel Sturridge would be a joy to watch. This would enable Liverpool to move to a more suitable 4-2-3-1, rather than the 4-3-3 which was so blunt against West Ham.


Newcastle have made impressive signings so far this summer but have only two goals and two points to show for it. When a quality Champions League regular becomes available the club should take notice. Against Arsenal they played Moussa Sissoko in a wide right role, while Gabriel Obertan sat on the bench. Ilsinho would be an upgrade in the position on both options.

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