Jack Wilshere could be set for South America switch after seven months without a club 6 months ago

Jack Wilshere could be set for South America switch after seven months without a club

Pray for his ankles in that league

Jack Wilshere could be offered the chance to join Brazilian team Fortaleza, according to local newspaper O Povo.

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It is claimed that the club who finished fourth in Brazil's Serie A last season are looking to sign the free agent before their inaugural campaign in the Copa Libertadores. Wilshere would be the first of several big names the club want to recruit to boost the club's profile ahead of a huge season.

Wilshere has been without a club for seven months after leaving Bournemouth at the end of the 2020/21 campaign. Persistent injuries over the course of his career have seen the player once hailed as England's next Paul Gascoigne end up struggling to find work as a player at the tender age of 29.

It was reported that Wilshere turned down the chance to link up with his former England teammate Wayne Rooney at Derby County in the summer window, instead choosing to maintain his fitness levels by training with Arsenal, where he made 197 appearances between 2008 and 2018.

"He is this type of character who adds special feeling to the club," Mikel Arteta told reporters, earlier this month. "He comes in every day with a smile on his face, trying to do his best.

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"His talent is unquestionable. When you see him in training, I think you have had some players say he is the best in training. So he has that."

The midfielder has also trained with Italian Serie B side Como during his period of unemployment, and time is running out for him to find a club before he is consigned to the dustbin of history, making annual appearances at Soccer Aid.

A move to South America would require getting his family to up sticks and start a new life over 4,000 miles away, but a fresh environment could be exactly what he needs to salvage the end of his career.

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One does worry about his ankles in the famously rough Brazilian Serie A, though, where pitches are not exactly like the 'carpet' at the Emirates.