As this story continues to generate so much interest that we must by now all assume a deal has in fact been reached between Jose Mourinho and Chelsea, we have further proof this morning coming out of Portugal as newspaper Diario de Noticias via the Daily Express claim that the former Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Porto manager has agreed to a three-year deal worth £15.75m per-season to be the next Red Devils boss.
The report claims that the only reason current manager Louis van Gaal has not been sacked is due to the fact it would cost the club £12.5 million to get rid of the Dutchman now, but will be significantly less should Manchester United fail to qualify for the Champions League next season.
This backs up a story in the Daily Mirror four days ago that claimed a senior figure at Old Trafford told them Louis van Gaal would be fired, just like David Moyes was as soon as a top four finish is no longer possible.
When speaking about the possibility of joining United yesterday while in Singapore, Mourinho said:
“If I have to return tomorrow, I return tomorrow.
“I always feel that it is better to wait and not to rush. It is better to wait for the right moment and the right move.
“I think starting next season with a new club and project is probably the best for me.
“I read so many different things. One day they say yes and another day they say no.
“One other day they say I’m going to China, another day they say I’m going back to Italy.
“I go to Milan and people say I’m going back to Inter. I’m here and people probably say I’m going to Singapore national team.
“Every day new things are coming but the reality is I have no job and I am happy not to have a job.”
Meanwhile Chelsea are doing well with their interim manager and we are 100% confident that United would have no problem seeing out the season with Ryan Giggs in charge.
And with Mourinho supposedly already in place United can easily afford to let LVG go in the same fashion as they did Moyes.