The former Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal could make a summer return to English football after being denied a move to Brazil, according to The Mirror (January 20, page 43).

Carvalhal is said to have agreed terms with Red Bull Bragantino – a deal which it is alleged would have cost the South American side around £430,000 – but had his exit blocked by Rio Ave.

The 54-year-old’s contract with his Portuguese employers expires at the end of the season, however, and he will be able to leave of his own accord thereafter.

Carvalhal has led Rio Ave to seventh in the Primeira Liga this campaign and it is claimed that he is popular with the fans there.

But the Portuguese has made no secret of his love for the game over here and his record with Wednesday, in particular, should appeal to clubs outside the Premier League.

The Rio Ave boss Carvalhal. (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

The Owls finished sixth – losing to Hull City in the play-off final – and fourth in Carvalhal’s two full seasons in charge, before the team’s form nosedived in his third.

After leaving Hillsborough by mutual consent in December 2017, Carvalhal soon returned to work at Swansea City.

But the former Sporting CP and Besiktas boss was sacked following the Swans’ relegation to the Championship later that season and spent a year away from management.

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