Monaco saw a staggering £35m approach for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho rejected on Tuesday, according to a shareholder.
Alessandro Proto met Roman Abramovich in London in a bid to prise away Chelsea’s embattled manager, according to reports in the Daily Mail .
Mourinho insists he will stay at Stamford Bridge for the duration of his contract amid intense speculation over his future at the club, which has seen the Blues lose eight of 17 games in all competitions so far this season.
Chelsea are currently 15th in the Premier League table amid a floundering Premier League title defence – but a fans poll shows the majority of supporters still believe Mourinho is the right man to turn around their season.
Monaco, however, looked to steal a march on landing Mourinho and offered to buy out his contract when shareholder Proto met Chelsea owner Abramovich.
It represents a strong show of faith from Abramovich, who had been urged to dispense of Mourinho after six League defeats with the champions lying 15th.
A statement was released by Proto’s company, Proto Enterprises, to a Spanish news agency stating the meeting had taken place in London earlier in the day.
Proto Enterprises confirmed its authenticity on Tuesday night and alleged Abramovich could be interested in accepting should they double the offer to £71m.
Asked how much time he thought he left, Mourinho, who signed a new contract until June 2019 on the eve of the season, said: “Four years. In this case, three years and seven months.”
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