Both Arsenal and Everton have their eye on Vitor Pereira, manager of Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG, over their vacant hotseats.
According to a report by the Times, the 51-year-old is on the Gunners’ shortlist to replace Unai Emery, who was sacked last week.
And the same report says that Pereira is also one of the names being considered at Goodison Park as a potential successor to Marco Silva.
Arsenal are currently 10th in the Premier League, after a run of nine winless matches, while Everton are in the bottom three having been thumped 5-2 by a rotated Liverpool side on Wednesday.
TBR’s View – Is a manager operating in China really what either club needs?
The money on offer in China is eye-watering but when a player or a manager moves there, it often signals the end of their ambitions to operate at the very elite level again.
There are notable exceptions; Paulinho came to Barcelona and Rafa Benitez would probably improve both Arsenal and Everton and Pereira would hope to prove he’s one of them.
But it is not the ideal proving ground for the pressure cookers at both clubs. They both deserve credit for looking beyond the beaten track and if their research and interviews conclude that Pereira is the ideal candidate, that may well be the case.
Everton look to be further ahead in their talks (Sky Sports) but it would be interesting to see if Arsenal could impact those discussions – leading to a tussle breaking out.