PARIS ST GERMAIN are ready to offer Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho an escape route from Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
The 52-year-old Portuguese has endured a rocky start to the new season both on and off the pitch but is still in demand around Europe.
On the pitch the defending Premier League Champions have struggled to get into their stride despite spending over £62million in the last transfer window.
And they have already lost to Manchester City, Crystal Palace and Everton in the opening weeks of the season.
Mourinho last month signed a new four-year contract keeping him at the club until 2019 but there are already rumours that his job is under threat.
The odds on him leaving before the end of the season have tumbled from 12-1 to just 5-2 with leading bookmakers William Hills.
One well-placed source has revealed that Mourinho could have been axed had Chelsea lost to Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League in midweek.
Off the pitch, he has appeared agitated and is now under investigation from the FA for alleged abusive or sexist language towards team doctor Eva Carneiro – although he is not expected to be charged.
Carneiro had her role at the club downgraded following the 2-2 draw with Swansea in August and hasn’t been seen at work since then.
Mourinho was also in hot water for cutting short a television interview last weekend after being asked a question about John Stones – and later had a spat with Everton boss Roberto Martinez for conducting a TV interview ahead of him.
But none of that worries PSG’s owners Qatar Sports Investments, who have him at the top of their wanted list.
The Sunday Express understands that PSG are actively seeking to know the future plans of the former Real Madrid boss.
Former France coach Laurent Blanc has taken PSG to the top of Ligue1 this season but his future was the subject of speculation last term and the club’s owners believe that Mourinho could take them to the next level.
He has twice won the Champions League with Porto and Inter Milan and that is the trophy that is craved most by PSG’s wealthy backers.