Everton failed in a bid to snare Benfica employ Rui Vitoria as their new manager before selecting Sam Allardyce.
The Merseyside club have been on the hunt for a brand-new manager after sacking Ronald Koeman and have since named previous England manager Sam Allardyce.
However 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 the reigns.
O Jogo has actually declared that the 47-year-old was the Toffees’ second choice after Marco Silva and, when the Hull head coach snubbed them, Everton offered Benfica ₤ 5.3 m for his services.
Although Benfica are said to have considered it, they decided that they would not let Vitoria leave unless Everton paid the complete ₤ 13.25 m release provision written into his agreement.
Benfica are presently 3rd in Portugal’s leading flight and their title hopes are very much still alive as they sit simply 3 points behind leaders Porto.
As such, they were not prepared to let their manager depart unless they definitely had to.