José Mourinho signing with Manchester United has riddled European continental football headlines of late.
It has been reported that Mourinho, an eight time league champion in four different countries and a two time Champion’s League winner, has signed a pre-contract agreement with Manchester United Football Club.
One of the provisions in the contract is that if Mourinho is not appointed to lead the team by Jun. 1, 2016, United will have to pay him up to £15 million in compensation.
Mourinho was most recently the coach of Chelsea Football Club, where he won the league once but was released in December, 2016 from his contract.
Mourinho has shown great respect for the current coach of Manchester United, Louis van Gaal, but has expressed interest in coaching the team. He has also been linked with Spanish super team, Real Madrid Club de Fútbol, but has been reported as expressing a preference for Manchester United.
A source from Gestifute, a company owned by the agent of Mourinho, has confirmed the deal between the 53 year old manager and Man United.
“If United do not sign the final contract [with Mourinho] before 1 May, they must pay £5m; if by 1 June he’s still not signed, they shall pay another £10m,” read the report by El País. “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.”
El País also reported that the cause for the provision was that many senior figures at Old Trafford are unsure that Mourinho is the right man to take the reins from van Gaal.