Reports from Spain claim that former Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho has signed a pre-contract agreement at Manchester United ahead of a summer move to replace Louis van Gaal as the club’s manager.
According to El País, the company of Mourinho’s agent Gestifute, has confirmed that the Portuguese manager signed an agreement last month to take him to Old Trafford. However, there is room in the deal for United to back out if they change their minds.
Recent reports have suggested that the club’s stance on Van Gaal’s continued employment is softening, with Ed Woodward and Van Gaal reportedly already beginning to map out the club’s transfer plans for the summer window.
However, the Spanish report says: “If United do not sign the final contract (with Mourinho) before May 1st, they must pay £5m; If by June 1st he’s still not signed, they shall pay another £10m. May is the key, because it’s the month in which the vast majority of the signings of players are closed and the plans formed.”
They claim that the get-out for United has been introduced due to the concerns of senior club figures including Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton, who are said to have viewed Mourinho’s antics at Chelsea with some distaste.