Mourinho is set to return to English football because of a desire to win major trophies with a third Premier League club, Sky Sports News understands.
The 56-year-old Portuguese, who continues living in his London home, rejected the chance to return to management with a number of clubs abroad, turning down Benfica in January and an £88m contract to manage a club in China this summer.
According to reports, a return to English football would be extremely appealing for Mourinho despite “untrue claims” he is holding out for contact from Real Madrid in case coach Zinedine Zidane is dismissed.
In September, Mourinho told Italian TV show Tiki Taka he would not return to management in Italy because of his affection with Inter Milan, where he won the treble in 2010.
The Portuguese has been out of a job since leaving Manchester United in December 2018.