Jose Mourinho has signed a pre-contract agreement with Manchester United with a view to replacing Louis van Gaal as manager of the English giants next season, Spanish newspaper reported on Sunday.
Citing sources from Gestifute, the agency company owned by Mourinho’s representative Jorge Mendes, El Pais suggest a deal has been struck that could see the former Chelsea boss make £15 million (19 million euro), even if he doesn’t end up taking charge at Old Trafford.
If United don’t complete the deal by May 1, Mourinho will be entitled to £5 million compensation, should negotiations drag on beyond June 1 or break down, the 20-time English champions would owe the Portuguese a further £10 million.
Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea in December after losing nine out the first 16 games of their Premier League defence.
“I look forward to the future,” said Mourinho.
“I want my football back, time flies and July will be just around the corner.”