The Red Devils are interested in the Blues boss.
After sacking David Moyes as manager Manchester United have now contacted Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho to be his successor, according to DiMarzio.
The Blues boss was linked with taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson last summer, before the Premier League champions opted for Moyes instead and Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge.
It was said that the 51-year-old was devastated at being overlooked for the United job in favour of a coach who had not won any major silverware and that could now count against the Red Devils.
Yet Mourinho is known to desire the biggest job at Old Trafford at some point in his career and may well relish the chance to bring back success to the club after their disappointing campaign.
It would still be a big shock if the Portuguese ace were to go to the Theatre of Dreams though, due to their direct rivalry with his current club and having only returned to west London less than 12 months ago.
As well as this Mourinho still has trophies to fight for on two fronts – despite a surprise home defeat to relegation contenders Sunderland on Saturday – and they are preparing for their first-leg of the Champions League semi-final with Atletico Madrid.
Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp was also among the favourites to succeed Moyes before the German ruled himself out of the running and Louis van Gaal remains a strong contender.