Everton are set to hold talks with Shanghai SIPG coach Vitor Pereira, according to Sky Sports, while Arsenal and Watford also have an interest in a managers who is earning a staggering £30 million-a-year in China.
The 51-year-old Portuguese is hardly considered as one of the elite tacticians of world football but, despite spending the last two years hidden away in the far east, Pereira has Premier League clubs queuing up to hand him his first ever job in England.
Sky claims that the former Olympiakos and Al Ahli coach is open to the idea of replacing compatriot Marco Silva at Everton with negotiations expected to begin within the next day or so.
Arsenal and Watford, who sacked Unai Emery and Quique Sanchez Flores last week, have also made contact with a man who was handed his big break at Porto eight years ago after assisting Andre Villas Boas at the Estadio do Dragao.
Pereira, who has won league titles in Portugal, Greece and China, was also under consideration by Chelsea before they put their faith in club legend Frank Lampard and it’s fair to say he will have to take a massive pay cut if he wants to take over at Goodison Park.
He is one of the highest paid managers in the world, earning a remarkable £30 million per season (or £570k-a-week). It remains to be seen whether Pereira is willing to put his professional reputation above his bank balance.
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