Jose Mourinho has been spotted house-hunting in London, sparking rumors that he could be set for a return to Premier League management.
The Real Madrid boss revealed in December that he wants to come back to the English game, where he managed Chelsea between 2004 and 2007.
My next step will be to go back [to England] if possible and stay for a long time, he said, then, according to BBC Sport.
Now the Daily Mirror has revealed pictures of Jose Mourinho viewing houses in London and claims that the Portuguese coach has already agreed a deal for a new home. The house is said to be in the Belgravia area of London, which is close to Chelsea.
Despite leaving Chelsea under acrimonious circumstances, Mourinho is now said to be on better terms with the club's owner Roman Abramovich. With current Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas under fire, speculation has ignited that Mourinho could be in line for a sensational return.
But there is also the chance that Mourinho could instead be sworn in as the new manager of Tottenham come the summer.
Current Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is widely expected to be installed as the new England manager in the coming weeks, leaving an attractive vacancy at White Harte Lane. Whether Tottenham can quite match Mourinho's lofty ambitions, though, remains to be seen.
Of course, all this very public courting of interest from London's Premier League sides could just be another Jose Mourinho tactic to increase his bargaining power by frightening his bosses at Real Madrid. Although he has had some run-ins with influential figures within the club, as well as Real's supporters, over his style of soccer, Mourinho has guided the side to a 10-point lead in La Liga.
Leaving arguably the biggest club in the world, where money is virtually no object, will certainly be no easy decision. Though, if Real can win the Champions League this season, Mourinho may feel that he succeeded in his goal of knocking Barcelona off their perch.
Mourinho also has a history of not sticking around too long in a particular job; he averages about two years at each club. This is his second season at Real Madrid.