Fulham boss Marco Silva is one of the names on Benfica’s shortlist as the Portuguese giants consider who to appoint as their permanent manager in the summer.

Benfica parted company with Jorge Jesus in December after three straight defeats and a rumoured rift with the club’s hierarchy. The crisis-riven club promoted B team boss Nelson Verissimo for a second caretaker stint in charge, which run until the end of the season.

Silva, who hasn’t managed in his homeland since leaving Sporting in the summer of 2015, has led Fulham to top of the Championship in his first season in charge at Craven Cottage and is understood to be eager to prove his coaching credentials in the Premier League.