Vitoria’s Benfica faced Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United in this season’s Champions League
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Everton failed in a bid to name Benfica boss Rui Vitoria their new manager before appointing Sam Allardyce.
The Merseyside club have been on the hunt for a new manager since sacking Ronald Koeman and have now named former England boss Sam Allardyce as his successor.
But according to reports in Portugal, Everton’s search took them all the way to Benfica and they even made an offer for Vitoria to take over.
O Jogo has claimed that the 47-year-old was the Toffees’ second choice after Marco Silva and, when the Hull head coach snubbed them, Everton offered Benfica £5.3m for their manager.
Although Benfica are said to have considered it, they decided that they would not let Vitoria leave unless Everton paid the full £13.25m release clause written into his contract.
Benfica are currently third in Portugal’s top flight and their title challenge is very much still alive as they sit just three points behind leaders Porto.
As such, they were not prepared to let their manager depart unless they absolutely had to.