Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca has spurned the advances of Everton in favour of taking over as Arsenal manager from Arsene Wenger.
The 46-year-old former Porto coach has impressed in the Ukraine since taking over at Shakhtar in 2016 and won a domestic treble last season during his first campaign in charge of the club.
Fonseca has been linked with the Everton manager’s job for several months now, although according to Sky Sports journalist Guillem Balague he will turn down the opportunity to take over at Goodison Park as he is holding out for an offer from Arsenal.
“Fonseca is another one,” Balague said on Youtube.
“Fonseca for two years since (Mircea) Lucescu disappeared, moved on, he actually took charge from the legend that he was and in those two years, especially at the beginning with not much investment, he made the players better.
“Fred certainly, Marlos, a lot of players at Shakhtar Donetsk had got stuck and he made them better.
“Even though his time at Shakhtar Donetsk didn’t start very well, I think he was knocked out of the qualifiers of the Champions League, you’ve seen a different Shakhtar Donetsk since.
“It’s something that has been observed by Premier League clubs, including Everton.”
“Everton approached him and he said no to Everton.
“Why? Because he is thinking of Arsenal. He has been told Arsenal are interested in him.”
Despite Balague’s claim however, the book makers still make Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri and former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique the clear favourites to take over the reigns at the Emirates at the end of this season when Arsene Wenger leaves the Gunners after 22 years in charge at the London club.