According to reports, Brazil is getting ready to hold talks with Jose Mourinho and begin an international tug of war.
Jose Mourinho may be able to choose between two esteemed international positions, as Brazil is expected to get in touch with the Roma manager after Portugal apparently made him their top target.
The 59-year-old Roma manager this week became the top candidate for Portugal to succeed departing manager Fernando Santos.
Mourinho was recently told that he could have the job if he wanted it, despite never having worked outside of club football.
The “Special One” might be able to choose another high-profile position, though, as Brazil looks to replace Tite, who, like Santos, resigned from his position following a poor World Cup campaign.
Mourinho reportedly flew back to Portugal for Christmas with his family, and the South American superpowers are preparing to exploit his absence from his duties in Rome.
According to the Italian publication La Repubblica, a representative of Brazil’s national squad will fly in from Sao Paulo on Friday to start direct talks.
The five-time World Cup champions, who lost to Croatia in the quarterfinals this year, had hoped Pep Guardiola would succeed Tito, but his new two-year contract with Manchester City ended their hopes.
The Brazilian football federation’s president, Ednaldo Rodrigues, will be in charge of the negotiations and has asked super-agent Jorge Mendes to help in their hunt for a new leader.
Rodrigues wants the hiring process to be completed by the end of January and is said to be on good terms with Mendes, who famously represents Mourinho.
Portugal is also eager to discuss, and according to several reports, they are prepared to hold off on making a bid until the end of Roma’s current campaign.
After experiencing a number of setbacks since taking the job as manager in June 2021, Mourinho isn’t fully satisfied with life in the Italian capital, according to the La Republica article.
The former manager of Chelsea, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur appears to be dissatisfied with the attitudes of a number of players as well as Roma’s financial predicament, which restricts their ability to make transfers.
Whether he is driven out or not, Mourinho is already halfway through his three-year contract at the Stadio Olimpico and is known for changing employers within a similar timeframe.