Paris Saint-Germain make their move to recruit Jose Mourinho
Paris Saint-Germain have moved to beat Manchester United to the punch by snapping up Jose Mourinho ahead of next season.
Sky Sports are reporting that PSG are preparing to replace coach Laurent Blanc this summer, with Mourinho now identified as their chief target.
United have been stalling in their bids to bring Mourinho to Old Trafford over recent months, amid suggestions that the former Chelsea manager is still waiting to be made a formal offer to succeed Louis van Gaal this summer.
While Mourinho has not tried to hide his eagerness to take over at United, this apparent leak that an official approach has been made to the two-time Champions League winning boss to take over in the French capital appears to confirm he is unclear on whether he will get a chance to seal his 'dream job' at Old Trafford.
Mourinho and his influential agent Jorge Mendes have close ties with PSG's owners and it is safe to assume that they would not have made this approach - and allowed it to become public knowledge - unless the Portuguese boss was still open to offers.
This news appears to confirm the suspicion that United are waiting to see how their Premier League season plays out before deciding on Van Gaal's future, which banishes the notion a deal is already is place for Mourinho to take over on June 1st.
However, it remains to be seen whether Mourinho would want to take on the challenge at PSG, whose dominant position in French football ensures they are all-but assured of their domestic league title before a ball is kicked each season.
"I always say that I need competition and I need competition every week," said ex-Real Madrid boss Mourinho in an interview earlier this year.
"In Spain, I was at an amazing club, but I had four matches a year: Barcelona v Real Madrid, Real Madrid v Barcelona and after that we'd win 4-0, 5-0, 4-1, 6-1
"It was difficult to win because two monsters are together, but it was easy to win matches. Difficult to win the league because you are competing against another team that also win and win and win like you do, so in the end, I was champion in Spain with 100 points and I lost a league in Spain with 91 points.
"In England, you can win the leagues with 75 points, maybe less, so I needed competition."
Mourinho has also stated his preference to remain in England's Premier League, but PSG could be an option as he intends to keep his family base in London, which would not be a long commute to the French capital.