Real Madrid want Jose Mourinho to replace Santiago Solari as their Coach next summer, according to a report in El Pais.
Diego Torres, who previously wrote a book on the Portuguese boss, has outlined how Los Blancos and particularly president Florentino Perez are keen on a reunion.
Solari was only appointed permanently by Madrid last month on a two-and-a-half year deal until the summer of 2021 but has already suffered damaging 3-0 defeats against both Eibar and CSKA Moscow.
An internal survey of Madrid members reportedly returned high favoritism for a Mourinho return, believing he possesses the personality and leadership abilities to match the club’s ambitions.
Madrid’s vice-captain Marcelo – whose relationship with Mourinho became strained following the signing of Fabio Coentrao – said on Tuesday ‘it was a real pity’ the Portuguese was now without a job.
The club’s general manager José Ángel Sánchez approached the former Porto, Chelsea and Inter boss in October to discuss a possible future return to the Bernabeu, says the report.
Madrid would want to appoint Mourinho on 1 July as they would have to pay a €5m penalty to United should the contract be signed ahead of that date.
The club initially told Mourinho they would pay him €15m annually but following a negative response, they have increased this to €20m along with a commitment over his influence in signing players alongside an extensive transfer budget.