Shanghai SIPG head coach Vitor Pereira has emerged in an unlikely bidding war between English Premier League giants Arsenal and Everton, if reports are to be believed.
Arsenal have included Pereira on their list of targets after deciding to sack Unai Emery last week, according to the Metro. Freddie Ljungberg has been appointed as interim boss at the Emirates, but a 2-1 defeat to struggling Brighton in his first home match in charge last night will have only served to harden the Gunners' resolved to find a new permanent manager.
Meanwhile, it has been widely reported that Pereira is the number one candidate to replace Marco Silva at Everton, after he was shown the door in the wake of Wednesday night’s 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Merseyside rivals Liverpool.
Pereira has been in charge of Shanghai SIPG for two years, and led them to the 2018 Chinese Super League title during his first season at the club. The 51-year-old Portuguese kicked of the 2019 season with a win in the Chinese Super Cup, but could only manage third in the CSL, and was knocked out of the FA Cup and AFC Champions League in the semi and quarter finals respectively.
As well as the CSL title with SIPG, Pereira has won two league titles with Porto and the Greek top flight with Olympiacos. He has also managed Al-Ahli in Saudi Arabia, Fenerbahce in Turkey and 1860 Munich in Germany.
[Cover image via Xinhua]