Former Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal on his way to new club, according to reports
Reports in his native Portugal have suggested that former Owls manager Carlos Carvalhal is on his way for a fresh challenge in Brazilian football and will leave current club Rio Ave in the coming days.
The charismatic 54-year-old, who led the Owls to back-to-back play-off campaigns at the start of his Hillsborough tenure before leaving the club in 2017, has been heavily linked with Red Bull Bragantino with Rio Ave sat in seventh place in the Portuguese Primiera Liga.
The reports, issued in A Bola, suggest an agreement will be reached between the two clubs and that Carvalhal is on his way out of the door.
Bragantino, who won the second tier title last time out, are new to the Brazilian Serie A and have spent several million pounds in bolstering their squad ahead of their maiden campaign in the top flight.
And the reports claim Carvalhal, who is likely to cost around £430,000 in compensation, will take charge of his last Rio Ave fixture at Benfica on Tuesday.
The Brazilian club are seen as hugely ambitious having effectively merged with Red Bull Brasil nine months ago. They make up one of six football sides across the Red Bull sports project, including the likes of Red Bull Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg as well as New York Red Bulls.
Carvalhal had previously suggested that he was looking to return to English football as soon as possible, having been tentatively linked with a handful of Championship jobs over the summer.
Speaking to the Totally Football Show in August, he said: “I hope that next season we can go back to England again because that is what really I wish.”
Carvalhal had signed his customary one-year contract with Rio Ave, but never appeared to be planning a future in Portugal beyond that, admitting: “You have the best country in football of the world. Absolutely. Absolutely sure.”
If a deal is to be struck and Carvalhal signs for the Brazilian outfit he will follow in the footsteps of iconic former Brazil and Real Madrid coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo, who began to make his name as the Bragantino boss in the late 1980s.