Belfast Telegraph

Jose Mourinho 'agrees £15m-a-season Manchester United deal'

Jose Mourinho and Manchester United have reportedly agreed a three-year £15million-a-season deal to replace current manager Louis van Gaal

The Portuguese coach, who left Chelsea in December, was ‘confident’ of taking over at Old Trafford, it has been reported.

The Daily Mirror says the two parties have settled on personal terms, with Mourinho keen to make some major changes.

The two-time Champions League winner wants Atletico Madrid sporting director Andrea Berta to join him in Manchester.

That would allow executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to concentrate on commercial activities rather than player recruitment, something he has been criticised over in the past.

Speculation linking Mourinho with the position at Old Trafford has intensified over recent weeks, particularly since the confirmation of Pep Guardiola’s impending arrival at Manchester City.

Many among United's ranks feel Mourinho's approach is not in the club's tradition which may have led to him being overlooked following Sir Alex Ferguson's departure.

However, there is a growing sense that the club’s hand has been forced by Guardiola's appointment at the Etihad Stadium.

Van Gaal, whose side currently sits fifth in the Premier League, six points behind fourth-placed City, has been repeatedly condemned the speculation surrounding his future.

After Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea, the 64-year-old Dutchman criticised a journalist for broaching the subject, asking: “Why do the club have to deny it when you are creating stories?

“You haven't spoken to Ed Woodward or the Glazers, so you are inventing this story. I don't have to answer this question.


From Belfast Telegraph