Braga boss Carlos Carvalhal targeted by Flamengo with Brazilian side to comply with £8.5million release clause

Braga boss Carlos Carvalhal is a target for Flamengo as the Brazilian giants are willing to comply with an £8.5million clause for the ex-Swansea City manager following Renato Gaucho’s sacking after Copa Libertadores defeat

  • Carlos Carvalhal’s contract with Braga will expire at the end of the season
  • The Portuguese boss is said to have an escape clause set at £8.5million at the club
  • Flamengo sacked coach Renato Guacho after last Copa Libertadores defeat



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Former Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal has been a target for Brazilian giants Flamengo.

The 56-year-old is forging a burgeoning reputation as a coach after returning to Portugal, where he has achieved success with unpredictable Rio Ave and Sporting Braga.

Carvalhal has been discussed by English clubs such as Norwich City and West Bromwich Albion in recent months, but is under contract with Braga until the end of the season and has an escape clause reportedly set at £8.5million.

The Brazilian Flamengo is aiming for ex-Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlo Carvalhal

The Brazilian Flamengo is aiming for ex-Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlo Carvalhal

Flamengo, who lost last month’s Copa Libertadores final to Palmeiras, is willing to comply with that clause after the resignation of their coach Renato Gaucho.

Carvalhal will take charge of Braga on Thursday evening as they face Crvena Zvezda in the Europa League.

A win would secure their passage to the last 16 and mark another achievement for Carvalhal after becoming the first coach in the club’s 100-year history to take them to the finals of the Taca de Portugal, Taca de la Liga and the Portuguese Super Cup led.

Flamengo sacked coach Renato Gaucho (above) after their Copa Libertadores defeat

Flamengo sacked coach Renato Gaucho (above) after their Copa Libertadores defeat

Flamengo sacked coach Renato Gaucho (above) after their Copa Libertadores defeat

They are also fourth in the league, all on a budget compared to domestic rivals Porto, Benfica and Sporting.

Indeed, Porto boss Sergio Conceicao has complimented Carvalhal on being “the best football team in Portugal”.

Braga continues to challenge the established frontrunners for the title, while Carvalhal has also made it a point to bring in youngsters from the club academy, including 15-year-old Roger Fernandes, who made headlines after a 5-0 win over Moreirense.

However, Carvalhal has made no secret of his desire to take on new challenges and could be tempted by the job at Flamengo.

The Brazilian side have courted him before and have also taken into account compatriots Andre Villas-Boas and Jorge Jesus, but Carvalhal is once again emerging as their number one choice.

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