Jose Mourinho reportedly turned down a staggering €100m offer to join Chinese giants Guangzhou Evergrande.
Mourinho’s search for a new managerial gig is now entering its eighth month following his dismissal at Manchester United on December 18.
In that time, the 56-year-old has been in contention to coach Real Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan, Lyon and Newcastle United.
Ultimately, though, nothing came about from these potential opportunities. It’s left Mourinho’s plans of a summer return to the dugout in serious jeopardy, with clubs now beginning pre-season.
The former Chelsea boss’ struggles to find a new job eventually led him to hold talks with China’s richest man, Hui Jiayin, over taking charge of either Guangzhou Evergrande or the Chinese national team.
Apparently, negotiations between Mourinho and Hui Jiayin got off to a good start and opened the door for more talks.
Hui Jiayin, who owns the group that finances Guangzhou Evergrande, was super keen on bringing a renown coach in Mourinho over to the East Asia.
But Sky Sports claims that the two-time Champions League winner has turned down the opportunity of heading to China. Apparently, not even an offer in the region of €100m and the right to choose the duration of his contract could persuade him.
The Portuguese still allegedly harbours hopes that his European career hasn’t ended. Ideally, he’s got his eyes set on a top-managerial job that will allow him to challenge for a third Champions League crown and a ninth league title.
On Friday, Mourinho even opened the door towards a possible Serie A comeback. However, chances of a move to Italy appear unlikely after he was overlooked for both the Juventus and Inter Milan jobs.
Therefore, the Special One looks set to face another season working as pundit given the lack of suitable vacancies available right now.