JOSE MOURINHO is set to hold talks with Benfica as the club refuse to give up hope of making him their next manager.
The Portuguese giants have already made an attempt to persuade Mourinho to return to his homeland which he is said to have rebuffed last week.
But reports in Bola claim Benfica president Luis Felipe Vieira is prepared to break the bank to tempt the former Manchester United boss to the country’s capital.
They say Vieira has made it clear money will be no object in his efforts to win Mourinho over – and that the 55-year-old is expected to meet with the club over the next few days to hear what they have to say.
Benfica’s move comes despite growing suggestions Mourinho is being lined up to make a return to Real Madrid.
When he was sacked by United last month, Mourinho was left unable to work because he was still under contract at Old Trafford.
But it appears that the Special One has finally concluded talks to settle on a £15million compensation package to pay up the remainder of his contract.
And that would leave him free to start work elsewhere – with Real seemingly at the front of the queue for his services.
The Spanish giants are enduring a miserable season at domestic level following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus last summer.
They sacked Julen Lopetegui three months into the campaign after slumping well out of the race for the La Liga title.
And his successor Santiago Solari has failed to make any real improvements, with the 2-0 defeat to Real Sociedad last week leaving them down in fifth – ten points adrift of leaders Barcelona.
Real president Florentino Perez is understood to have already contacted the Mourinho camp to discuss how they can put together a deal to take him back to the Bernabeu.
Mourinho spent three years in charge of Real, leading them to the La Liga title in 2012 but failing to deliver the Champions League.