It is now being speculated by various media outlets that former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has signed a pre-contract in February, which will see him take over the Manchester United job from Dutchman Louis van Gaal at the end of the current campaign. The rumours have gone around for quite some time now and have been stated this time by Spanish newspaper El Pais in their Sunday edition and sources close to the Portuguese manager have confirmed it now.
Prior to his spell with the Blues, Mourinho had been at top European clubs Real Madrid and Inter Milan and has been linked constantly with the job at Old Trafford, since his departure from Stamford Bridge earlier in December.
The report also states the terms of the agreement, confirming that United will look to pay Mourinho £5m ($7.24m) if they do not offer him a full contract by the 1st of May and an additional £10m if they failed to give him the job by the 1st of June.
Van Gaal had earlier signed a three-year deal in May 2014 though he might be sacked at the end of the current term with fans unhappy and expressing themselves. The style of play that the Dutchman has employed has once again seen play out a trophyless season and the club are at present in sixth place struggling to make it into the top four once again.
The report has confirmed details coming from a reliable source, who has links to the company which is run by Mourinho’s current agent Jorge Mendes. The reason for so much doubt in the United hierarchy and this flexible deal is because of a difference of opinion amongst the members of the Old Trafford board, who are still not certain whether the 53-year-old is the right man for the job or not once Van Gaal does indeed depart.