Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paul Fonseca has rubbished reports that he has been offered an £8million-a-year deal to stay at the Ukrainian giants to ensure he does not leave for Everton at the end of the season.
Marco Silva and Carlo Ancelotti were also said to be in the running but Portuguese manager Fonseca appears to have ruled himself out of contention by announcing he has no intention of moving to Merseyside.
“I can confirm that most of the stuff being said in the media about me is not true. This €9m offer is certainly one of the main examples. These kind of amounts are not true,” he told Ukrainian news outlet FootballUa, as translated by the Liverpool Echo.
European manager Fonseca has been in charge of Shakhtar Donetsk for almost two years.
He has also had spells at Porto and Braga in his home nation.
Football Insider verdict
Fonseca has done a decent job at Shakhtar, most notably earning them a win against Manchester City in the Champions League this season. However there’s definitely a bit of a risk surrounding the Portuguese as it seems that Farhad Moshiri just wants to find the ‘new Marco Silva’. Silva has surely ruined his chances of getting the Toffees job after showing that he can lose focus in a job when speculation surrounds him when Ronald Koeman was sacked. Moshiri and Bill Kenwright absolutely must be on the same wavelength for when ‘Big Sam’ presumably leaves in the summer, otherwise it will be another botched search for a manager.