Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs is among the list, while Antonio Conte, Luis Enrique and Brendan Rodgers, of all people, are also linked.
Almost two years later, Mourinho continues to divide opinion.
Among fans, Mourinho still holds support from the majority.
He has a fantastic team, fantastic players and squad - I think he has conditions to do good work. Is he right to be irritated?
Competition would still be fierce, with Renato Sanches, Corentin Tolisso, a World Cup victor with France, Javi Martinez and Thomas Mueller also seeking midfield places.
After an exclusive report surfaced in the Telegraph that claimed senior Manchester United players are anxious about their boss' increasingly morose demeanour having a negative impact on their season before it even kicks off, perhaps Mourinho could do with taking a look at how things are being done on the other end of the M62.
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The Frenchman further risked winding up his increasingly surly manager by tweeting that "family will always come first".
Manchester United are set for big changes, according to the latest transfer rumours. In recent years Milan have been interested in him but have not managed to secure a signing. United wanted Antoine Griezmann and he wanted to move, but was reluctant to say so. "Every club wants to keep their top players and we are trying to do it".
"Chris Smalling two seasons ago was United's best defender".
What choice does that leave the player?
The report claims that the World Cup runner-up will still be a part of the Madrid side for pre-season but he wants out of the club.
Martial could reportedly be handed a two-week fine of around £180,000 for failing to return to America and Mourinho appeared to aim a thinly-veiled dig at him after beating Real as next Friday's Premier League opener against Leicester looms large.
Meanwhile, though the city of Manchester has improved immeasurably in the last 30 years, the weather remains a drawback to some foreign footballers.