Where next for the once Special One?

Where next for the once Special One?

It may not feel like it, but Mourinho - outside of the Premier League - is still a wanted man. As Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to ride high on the post-Mourinho euphoria at Old Trafford the Portuguese manager is being courted by some of Europe's biggest teams. We list his most likely destinations:

Real Madrid

Mourinho's biographer won creepiest quote of the week as he declared that Real Madrid manager Solari "will feel Mourinho's breath in the coming months". The general consensus is that Mourinho is still 'liked' by Madrid boss Perez who will plan to make a move for him in the summer.

'Likable' is not exactly what we will remember Mourinho being during his tenure at Real Madrid. Perhaps Perez's memory has been affected by the La Liga and Copa del Rey triumphs that Mourinho oversaw.

Real Madrid have failed to reach the level achieved by Zidane as they sit fourth in La Liga. Yesterday they lost to Leganes in the Copa del Rey.

The bookies have odds of 2/1 on the Portuguese manager, who spent three seasons at the Madrid giants, to move back to Spain.

Portugal

Mourinho has been linked with the Portugal job on and off for years and he has been open about his ambition to manage the national team one day. It might seem like the rational choice right now, considering his recent dip in form at Man Utd and his last season at Chelsea. However, Portugal might be reluctant to let go of Fernando Santos who guided them to Euro 2016 success, a quarter-final in Russia and a semi-final spot in the UEFA Nations League.

The bookies still have this as his second most likely destination at odds of 5/1

Any Chinese Super League Club

He has admitted to being approached by a Chinese club in the past. They will be able to meet his financial demands but would the standard of this league be enough to satisfy the ambition of Mourinho? We don't think so.

The bookies disagree and have this as the third most likely destination at odds of 6/1

PSG

This move would very much depend on their Champions League results. Tuchel has, as expected, done well with PSG in Ligue 1. But the powers that be really want PSG to challenge for the Champions League this year, having fallen short in previous seasons - often in embarrassing fashion.

The bookies have them at 8/1

Mourinho has won the Champions League with both Inter Milan and Porto, something that will of course interest PSG. Which leads us to....

Inter Milan

Mourinho's relationship with this club is perhaps the only one out of all his previous employers that remains untarnished. He won the treble in his final season with them and left a legend. Spalletti has not done as well they would have hoped, but not bad enough to put his job on the line yet. Inter currently sit third in Serie A behind Juventus and Napoli. A lot will depend on how their season progresses.

The bookies have them at 8/1.

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