It seems like a fait accompli that Christophe Galtier will leave his position as the coach of Paris Saint-Germain as soon as the season is over in a month. According to reports, the French club is already on the hunt for his replacement, with one name reportedly standing out: Jose Mourinho.
For years, Mourinho's name has been linked with PSG. Ever since the club's takeover by Qatari Sports Investments (QSI), there have been rumors that the Portuguese coach could take over as manager considering his allure and high pedigree, aligning with the demands of the Qatar-based owners of the club.
However, nothing has ever come of these rumors. But 2023 could be different and mark a turn in this never-ending saga with PSG poised to bid for the services of the Serie A and currently AS Roma manager.
Recent reports suggest that PSG has been working on securing Mourinho's services for next season. According to some sources close to the parties involved, PSG's sporting advisor Luis Campos has already initiated discussions with Mourinho's agent, Jorge Mendes.
PSG initially intended to keep Galtier until the end of his contract in 2024, it seems that the club is now willing to part ways with him after a disastrous season that can still end with PSG winning no titles at all if they cannot wrap up their Ligue 1 campaign with a triumph over the next four weeks of play.
Meanwhile, Mourinho's future at AS Roma is uncertain. Although he signed a three-year contract with the Italian club last summer, he has struggled to make an impact, and there have been rumors that he could be let go at the end of the season. If this happens, it would clear the way for him to join PSG.
The latest reports from Italy suggest that PSG is not the only club interested in Mourinho.
The newspaper Corriere dello Sport published a story on Tuesday claiming that the Portuguese coach is also on the radar of Inter Milan, AC Milan, and Juventus. However, PSG remains the front-runner for his signature, thanks in part to Mourinho's close relationship with Luis Campos.
Despite the rumors, no official offer has been made to Mourinho yet. If the Portuguese coach does end up joining PSG, it would be a major coup for the French club, though, and definitely a step forward in talent when it comes to the manager of the team considering the low-level profile of current head coach Galtier.
Mourinho has won league titles in four different countries, as well as two Champions League trophies, and he is widely regarded as one of the best coaches in the world. His challenge in Paris, of course, would be lifting the UCL with PSG for the first time in the history of the French capital club.