Joan Laporta plans to lure Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho to Barcelona if he wins the Catalan club’s next presidential elections, it has emerged.
Laporta, who presided over Barcelona between 2003 and 2010, believes the possibility of getting Mourinho would give his campaign to return to the Camp Nou a huge boost, according to the Express.
Presidential elections at Barcelona often involve promises from candidates to deliver a world star. But with Barcelona banned from signing any new players until January 2016, Laporta has reportedly decided instead to concentrate on signing Mourinho.
Mourinho's relationship with Barca
The revered Portuguese coach previously worked at the Camp Nou as a translator under Sir Bobby Robson and the current Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal. But since leaving, his relationship with the Catalan club has disintegrated.
The report seems bizarre for a number of reasons, not least the fact that the majority of Barcelona supporters dislike the current Chelsea manager.
- Gerard Pique set to join Chelsea in January
- Mourinho lands himself in more trouble with QPR comments
- Jose Mourinho was wrong to criticise Chelsea fans
But even the most anti-Mourinho culé would concede that the former Real Madrid manager is a trophy-winning machine - and with Barcelona struggling under Luis Enrique, supporters may reluctantly accept that Mourinho could be the manager their club desperately needs to get back to the top.
Guardiola unlikely to return
Of course, Barcelona fans would love Pep Guardiola to return to the Camp Nou, but the current Bayern Munich boss has little intention of returning to the club where he enjoyed unprecedented success between 2008 and 2012.
Laporta is currently in the process of considering whether or not to battle Josep Maria Bartomeu for control of Barcelona, but hinted that he could be tempted to enter the presidential race.
"I don't rule it out and the support moves me. Each day that passes motivates me more,” he told reporters. "I am not thinking about it, I have work and it doesn't obsess me. It is not my priority.
"In life one must innovate and it is difficult to repeat the past. When the time comes I will make up my mind."
Mourinho happy at Chelsea
Whether Laporta could convince Mourinho to join Barcelona if another matter entirely. The former Porto and Inter Milan coach recently stated in an interview that he would “sign tomorrow” if offered a six-year contract extension from Chelsea.
Furthermore, Mourinho may be reluctant to accept that call from the club who rejected him and appointed Guardiola instead six years ago.