Jose Mourinho has reportedly confided in close friends that his appointment as Manchester United manager this summer is a “done deal”.
We revealed over the weekend that the Portuguese was on the verge of agreeing terms to replace the struggling Louis van Gaal, despite the Dutchman’s protestations at the reports.
Mourinho, who has been out of work since he was sacked by Chelsea in December, has widely coveted the United job and has openly admitted he would relish the chance to take over at United.
Now he has told associates that the move to Old Trafford is done and he is set to take over at the end of the season.
According to El Confidencial, while the deal to bring Mourinho to Manchester is not yet finalised, Jose’s agent Jorge Mendes and his team of lawyers are currently closing a “maze of clauses” with the Red Devils.
The framework of the agreement is that Mourinho will join United until 2019, while the coach will earn 20million euros a season at Old Trafford.
It will bring to an end Van Gaal’s troubled two-year reign.
The Dutchman will still have a year remaining on his United contract, but he has not impressed after being backed to the tune of hundreds of millions of pounds in the transfer market yet failing to win any silverware.
It has seen him come under increasing pressure from fans.
Van Gaal has been publicly riled in press conferences on several occasions when asked about his future at the club, but Mourinho is certain the job is his.
The move will reignite Mourinho’s bitter rivalry with Pep Guardiola, who will take over at Manchester City from Manuel Pellegrini in the summer.
The pair began their feud while Mourinho was in charge at Real Madrid and Guardiola was Barcelona manager and are set to continue it in England next season.