Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is reportedly Manchester City's top choice to succeed Roberto Mancini, should the Italian be sacked by the Premier League leaders.
Mourinho is set to make a decision on his Real Madrid career at the end of the season as speculation continues that he will quit the Bernabeu.
Mourinho saw his side crash out of the Copa del Rey at the hands of rivals Barcelona last week and although his side are clear of Barca at the top of La Liga, he has in recent days refused to rule out leaving the club this summer.
Reports over the past few days have suggested that Mourinho's relationship with his players - as well as his employers - are damaged beyond repair.
A report in Portugal last week suggested Mourinho is unhappy and is ready to step down when the current campaign comes to an end, while reports in Spain have talked of bust-ups with several members of his squad.
And according to the Sunday Mirror, Mourinho is City’s number one choice to replace Mancini - should the club make a change - and the former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss is said to be "beginning to warm" to the idea of taking charge at the Etihad Stadium.
Mourinho has been linked with City before, but rejected the chance to take charge as it was thought he was holding out to take charge of rivals Manchester United when Sir Alex Ferguson eventually decides to retire.
But it is thought that stance has changed as a result of Ferguson deciding to stay on at Old Trafford for the time being.
Mourinho has made no secret of the fact he will return to the Premier League when he does leave Madrid, and according to the Sunday Times, a return to England could open up the possibility of him taking charge at Liverpool, Tottenham or even former club Chelsea.
Bookmakers bet365 making the Special One 1/2 to not to be Real Madrid Manager at the start of the 2012/13 La Liga season.
The firm at time of writing offer just 1/3 that Mourinho's next permanent job will be in England, which looks set to lead to a summer of speculation about his future.