Portugal are hoping to persuade Real Madrid to allow Jose Mourinho to take charge of the nation’s next two Euro 2012 qualifiers, as they continue their search for a permanent successor to Carlos Queiroz.
Portugal sacked Queiroz after he received a six-month ban for his aggressive attitude towards anti-doping officials.
Having drawn 4-4 with Cyprus in their opening qualifier and then lost 1-0 to Norway, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) is now hoping that Mourinho will take charge of the qualifiers against Denmark and Iceland in October to get their campaign back on course.
FPF president Gilberto Madail has flown to Madrid, along with former president Joao Rodrigues, to speak to Mourinho’s agent, Jorge Mendes, about the possibility of an agreement.
Upon his arrival, he told journalists: “I have come here to take care of Mourinho and other matters.”
It is unclear whether Mourinho will attend the meeting, and Madail has acknowledged that “negotiations will be difficult”, with Real Madrid unlikely to welcome the prospect of their manager taking on additional duties.
Madrid director Emilio Butragueno said the club have not received any contact from the FPF and did not want to respond to speculation, but he added: “If it becomes official, we’ll see what the club decides.”