Jose Mourinho is keen to return to English football because of a desire to win major trophies with a third Premier League club, Sky Sports News understands.
The 56-year-old, who continues living in his London home, rejected the chance to return to management with a number of clubs abroad, turning down Benfica in January and an £88m contract to manage a club in China this summer.
According to Sky sources, a return to English football would be extremely appealing for Mourinho despite "untrue claims" he is holding out for contact from Real Madrid in case coach Zinedine Zidane is dismissed.
Mourinho has joined Sky Sports as a Super Sunday pundit alongside Roy Keane, Gary Neville, Graeme Souness and Jamie Redknapp.
In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports News in July, Mourinho said: "I have some time to think, to rethink, to analyse and what I feel is exactly that 'Ze' (Mourinho's nickname as a boy) is full of fire!
"My friends tell me 'enjoy your time, enjoy your July, enjoy your August, enjoy what you never had'. Honestly, I can't enjoy. I am not happy enough to enjoy.
"I miss my football, I have the fire, I have a compromise with myself, with people that love me, with so many fans that I have around the world, so many people that I inspired."
In September, Mourinho told Italian TV show Tiki Taka he would not return to management in Italy because of his affection with Inter Milan, where he won the treble in 2010.
"I haven't worked for seven, eight months so we'll see what happens," Mourinho said.
"But I don't think I'll come back to work in Italy. It's a sensation, but I don't think my future will be in Italy. Inter is my home and [former Inter owner Massimo] Moratti remains both my president and friend."
He has been out of a job since leaving Manchester United in December 2018, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replacing him initially as caretaker manager before being offered the job full-time.
During his two years at United, Mourinho lifted the Europa League, League Cup and the Community Shield.