Rafael Benitez is close to joining Everton Football Club, according to reports.
Benitez left Chinese club Dalian Yifang earlier this year and it appears that he is set to return to the Premier League.
The Spanish mentor is set to fill the vacant managerial role left by Carlo Ancelotti earlier this month.
Sky Sports News reports that the Spaniard is the primary target of the Everton hierarchy who have already started talks with him.
If the deal goes over the line, the former Liverpool and Chelsea manager will return to the Premier League two years after he left Newcastle United.
Everton had also been in talks with former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo over becoming Ancelotti’s successor while David Moyes was also understood to be a front-runner before he signed a new contract with West Ham United.
Ancelotti left his role as manager to return to Real Madrid earlier this month after 18 months at Goodison Park. He guided the Toffees to a 10th place finish in the Premier League last season.
Benitez managed Everton’s arch-rivals Liverpool from 2004 to 2010 and lifted the Champions League, FA Cup and the Uefa Super Cup during his time at Anfield.
He joined Chelsea on an interim basis in 2012 and went on to win the Europa League and guide the Blues to a third-placed finish in the league that season.
After stints at Real Madrid and Napoli, Benitez moved to Newcastle in 2016 and oversaw their relegation from the top flight. He then steered Newcastle to a return to the top-flight in 2016/17 as they were crowned champions of the Championship.
Over the next two seasons, the club achieved 10th and 13th place finishes in the top-flight under Benitez before he left St James’ Park for China in 2019.
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By FARPost reporter