Jose Mourinho has emerged as a potential target for Everton if they decide to pull the plug on Rafa Benitez’s reign.

The Portuguese only took over at Italian side Roma in July, but there is already a belief he would be open to a return to England if the right opportunity presented itself.

Pressure on Benitez has ramped up following the Merseyside derby in which Everton were thumped 4-1 by his old club Liverpool in midweek.