Everton’s pursuit for a new boss has been a hot topic even in South America, with managers there now being considered as more likelier for European jobs.

ESPN Brasil hosted the Bola de Prata awards on Monday, naming the best players and manager of the Brazilian League. Jorge Jesus, who won the title with Flamengo, was chosen as best coach.

Flamengo vice-president Marcos Braz attended to the event, and when speaking to ESPN, he was asked about Everton’s interest in the club’s manager.

He recalled that Jesus’ contract is supposed to run until the summer, but also revealed that his departure wouldn’t have any costs associated to it.

“Jorge Jesus has a contract until May 2020. Flamengo would have a clause to fire him without any loss and he could also leave without any loss. In fact, in relation to his good season and Flamengo, with the goals achieved, we have peace of mind to deal with it. He is a coach until the end of May 2020.”

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“If true, I’m glad Everton are interested in Jorge Jesus. It’s a sign he’s a coach that Flamengo bet well on, Flamengo understood that he would be important. This further ensures, apart from the results of the achievements, that Flamengo was in a good way when we hired him back there. I’m glad Everton or ABCD are after Jorge Jesus. Signs that Bruno and I were right to bring him.”

Everton’s interest in Jorge Jesus was reported by the English media last week, but he’s obviously not the strongest name for the job. On Monday, the Portuguese media claimed Vitor Pereira is currently ‘analysing’ the offer he has from the Toffees.