Arsenal considering Portuguese boss as Freddie Ljungberg replacement

Gunners have included Shanghai SIPG coach Vitor Pereira on their list of targets to replace Freddie Ljungberg. The London club are searching for a permanent boss after deciding to sack Unai Emery last week and appoint Ljungberg as interim manager. Arsenal lost the Premier League match against Brighton 2-1.

Several candidates have been linked with taking up the permanent role including Leicester City coach Brendan Rodgers, former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, Carlo Ancelotti, who is currently at Napoli, and Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked by Spurs last month.

But Pereira is a candidate who is ‘of interest’ to Arsenal and Everton, who are looking for a new coach after sacking Marco Silva on Thursday evening. The 51-year-old manager has won two league titles with Porto, the Greek top flight with Olympiacos, and the Chinese Super League with Shanghai SIPG last year.

Vitor has also managed Al-Ahli in Saudi Arabia, Fenerbahce and 1860 Munich. Meanwhile, Allegri has dealt a blow to Gunners hopes of securing him as a replacement within the next few weeks by revealing that he will not take another job until the end of the campaign. He is the perfect option in this situation.

Asked when he intends to come back to management, Allegri said: ‘In June. I don’t know if you can call it a sabbatical or not. ‘Giovanni and I immediately came to that decision. As soon as the relationship with Bianconeri came to an end, the decision was to take a year out.’