Manchester United are reportedly preparing a staggering £60m contract to make Jose Mourinho their new manager as they turn to the Portuguese to revive the club’s flagging fortunes.
The three-year deal they will put on the table to the former Chelsea boss will dwarf the £15million a year which Manchester City are paying Pep Guardiola, claims The Sun.
The contract, which will include bonuses for titles and cups won, will make Mourinho the highest-paid football manager in history and is reportedly double the salary Louis van Gaal currently earns at Old Trafford.
The Dutchman has found himself under increasing pressure at Old Trafford and looks likely to be replaced in the summer, despite labelling as “scandalous” reports linking Mourinho with his job.
But momentum suggesting Mourinho is heading to Old Trafford is gathering pace all the time, and he stated recently he’s “set to start a new job in July”.
The Portuguese boss and his advisors are therefore convinced it is a done deal, which will see him pocket up to £20m a year.
Mourinho wants De Gea stay
Meanwhile, Mourinho will not allow David de Gea to leave Old Trafford when he takes charge, and will make retaining the goalkeeper one of United’s top priorities when he takes control, according to reports in Spain.
Real Madrid came close to signing the Spanish stopper last summer, but an error in the paperwork saw the deal fall through at the last minute.
De Gea then penned a new deal at Old Trafford, but has continued to be linked with a move to the La Liga giants.
However, Spanish media outlet Don Balon claims Mourinho will veto any fresh approach from Real Madrid, with other reports in Spain claiming the Spanish giants have switched attention to Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.