Samba Stars: 8 of the Finest Brazilian Talents to Ever Strut Their Stuff in the Premier League

With a £25m move on the horizon, Lucas Moura looks set to sign for Tottenham and become the latest Brazilian import to grace the Barclays Premier League.

Many flamboyant superstars have come and gone over the years, with some of the world's greatest talent having left an indelible mark on English football.

Here's a look at eight of the greatest talents to exhibit their skills on the grandest stage of them all...

8. Willian

Bought to Stamford Bridge from Russian moneybags Anzhi Makhachkala for a fee in the region of €35m, Willian has turned out to be a very shrewd piece of business by the west London club.

The flamboyant winger has excelled in England's top flight and established himself as a firm fans favourite. With over 200 appearances in all competitions, Willian continues to impress under current manager Antonio Conte, and is a two-time Premier League winner.

7. Emerson

Although he spent just 18 months in the Premier League, samba star Emerson was one of the famed trio of Brazilians to descend at the Riverside Stadium.

Having won the Portuguese Player of the Year during his stint at FC Porto, Emerson moved to the Premier League for a fee of £4m. Along with teammate Juninho, he lit up Premier League grounds with his silky skills and fancy footwork.

Although he wasn't here long, his spell at Middlesbrough lives long in the memory and established Emerson as one of the iconic Premier League figures of the mid 1990's.

6. Ramires

One of the most reliable acquisitions in Chelsea's history, midfield general Ramires enjoyed seven years of success at Stamford Bridge.

The fiercely combative midfielder won every major trophy available to him during his time in England, with his Champions League success the pinnacle of his club career.

He made almost 250 appearances for Chelsea, and was recognised by fans as the engine room in the Blues' well-oiled machine.

5. Gilberto Silva

Part of the iconic Arsenal invincible's, Gilberto Silva is often an unsung hero from Arsene Wenger's title winning conquerors.

The defensive midfielder was a key component behind the Gunners success, forming a highly successful partnership with Patrick Vieira. He spent seven years in north London, also lifting the FA Cup on two occasions.

Though not one of the more flamboyant Brazilian stars to grace English football, Gilberto was certainly one of the most effective.

4. Roberto Firmino

One man enjoying himself in the Premier League right now is Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino.

The 26-year-old has flourished under the management and guidance of Jurgen Klopp, spearheading Liverpool's assault on the Champions League this season. Along with teammates Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and the now departed Philippe Coutinho, Firmino has forged his reputation in England as a member of the Reds 'Fab Four'.

His contribution at Anfield has been immeasurable over the past two seasons, with the striker scoring 30 times, lighting up the Premier League with his finesse and guile in the process.

3. David Luiz

With one of the most iconic hairstyles in modern football, David Luiz is instantly recognisable across the worldwide footballing community.

The centre back burst onto the scene with Chelsea back in 2011, and quickly established himself as a mercurial figure in the heart of the Blues defence. Error prone and rash with his decision making, Luiz's influence in Premier League history can't be understated.

He briefly departed for French giants Paris Saint-Germain for a whopping £50m, but returned to his old stomping ground two years later. 

Fallouts with current manager Antonio Conte have undermined his second spell at the club, though he was a crucial component of their title winning side last season.

2. Juninho

Known as 'The Little Fella', Juninho is regarded as one of the greatest players in Middlesbrough's history.

Signed from Sao Paulo in the autumn of 1995, he rose to international prominence on Teesside with a string of superb performances. His individual brilliance often spared Middlesbrough's blushes, with his humility and ability to connect with the club's fans one of the major factors in his success in England.

He departed for Atletico Madrid following their relegation, but soon returned after his La Liga adventure ended in disappointment, He was rewarded for his loyalty and dedication to the club when he lifted the 2004 League Cup trophy, after Boro defeated Bolton Wanderers 2-1.

His flair and natural ability will see him remembered as a Premier League great.

1. Philippe Coutinho

Signed for a modest fee of £8.5m by Brendan Rodgers in January 2013, Liverpool fans had high hopes for a then 20-year-old Brazilian called Philippe Coutinho.

What the Reds faithful probably didn't realise back then is that they had signed one of the most gifted talents in world football, who would go on to become one of the most expensive players in the world too.

Spending six seasons at Anfield, the midfield maestro grew in stature season by season as he gradually became an influential force in English football. 

Once labelled too small and unable to cope with the physical demands of the Premier League, Coutinho proved the doubters wrong to become the best Brazilian import seen in this country. His individual talents shone like a beacon under the management of Jurgen Klopp, whose attack minded tactics showcased the enormous talent possessed by Coutinho.

A protracted transfer saga soured the last few months of his Reds career, though Coutinho remained professional until the end with impressive performances week in and week out. 

His dream move to Barcelona eventually materialised for a gigantic £142m, bringing to an end Coutinho's stellar Premier League career.