Both Mourinho and Guardiola are also being linked with another high-profile job.
According to Sky Sports, the Football Association has narrowed the search for the next England manager to three names: Mourinho, Guardiola and Tottenham's Harry Redknapp.
FA chairman David Bernstein said that the search is being trated with the "greatest urgency"—adding that the next step is to use "general intelligence" to eliminate those they have identified who do not actually want the position.
One of those who does want the job would ideally be in position by the beginning of May, but the FA's headhunters are committed to a front-door process that will be "professional" and "proper".
However, to get the right man it appears the FA would be willing to wait until the beginning of August if that is what the favoured candidate wanted while an interim manager - probably Stuart Pearce—would guide England to Euro 2012 in June.
General intelligence, eh? Good luck with that.