Jose Mourinho agrees personal terms with Manchester United
Jose Mourinho is inching closer to Manchester United seemingly every day and could be appointed manager of the Premier League giants as early as Wednesday.
Sky Sports confirmed early on Wednesday morning that Mourinho has agreed personal terms with Manchester United.
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In truth, the length of Mourinho’s contract at Manchester United (3 years) and personal terms (15 million euros per season) were never considered to be an issue and the likelihood is that these were agreed some time ago.
Image rights conflicts
The major issue for Manchester United and Jose Mourinho right now is to agree on image rights with both parties currently locked into lucrative deals off the pitch.
For example, as Sky Sports note here, whilst Jose Mourinho has a deal with Jaguar, Manchester United are sponsored by Chevrolet. As a result, both sides’ pre-existing commitments need to be ironed out for the future.
Jose Mourinho will be given €350m to spend
Undoubtedly the most interesting report to emerge throughout the last 24 hours is from Portuguese newspaper Diário de Notícias – via Sport Witness.
Diário de Notícias, who are often on point with news from the Jose Mourinho and Jorge Mendes camp – reveal that The Special One will be announced as Manchester United manager on Wednesday.
They claim Mourinho will be given 350 million euros (£270m) to spend this summer and three players will be targeted initially: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, John Stones and Raphael Varane.
Zlatan’s imminent arrival has been tipped by the English media and the likes of L’Equipe and De Telegraaf (two good sources for transfer news) over the last few days.
Mourinho is also keen on signing João Mário (Sporting Lisbon), Ruben Neves (FC Porto) and André Gomes (Valencia) but is waiting for their fees to be reduced by their respective clubs.
Only one of the players mentioned above (Reuben Neves – who has captained FC Porto) can be added to the 16 names linked to Manchester United and Mourinho so far…