Mour­inho signs pre-con­tract with Manch­ester United

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Jose Mour­inho has signed a pre-con­tract agree­ment with Manch­ester United with a view to re­plac­ing Louis van Gaal as man­ager of the English gi­ants next sea­son, Span­ish news­pa­per El Pais re­ported on Sun­day.

Cit­ing sources from Ges­ti­fute, the agency com­pany owned by Mour­inho's rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jorge Men­des, El Pais sug­gest a deal has been struck that could see the for­mer Chelsea boss make £15 mil­lion (Dh79.7 mil­lion), even if he doesn't end up tak­ing charge at Old Traf­ford.

If United don't com­plete the deal by May 1, Mour­inho will be en­ti­tled to £5 mil­lion com­pen­sa­tion, should ne­go­ti­a­tions drag on be­yond June 1 or break down, the 20-time English cham­pi­ons would owe the Por­tuguese a fur­ther £10 mil­lion.

Mour­inho was sacked by Chelsea in De­cem­ber af­ter los­ing nine out the first 16 games of their Premier League de­fence.

"I look for­ward to the fu­ture," Mour­inho told BT Sport this week. "I want my foot­ball back, time flies and July will be just around the cor­ner." The re­port, which cited a source with links to the com­pany run by Mour­inho's agent Jorge Men­des, said United wanted a flex­i­ble deal be­cause of a split in the Old Traf­ford board as to whether the 53-year-old was the right choice for the club.

Van Gaal is un­der mount­ing pres­sure if he is to see out the fi­nal sea­son of a three-year deal he signed in 2014. United were dumped out of the Europa League by bit­ter ri­vals Liverpool 3-1 on ag­gre­gate on Thurs­day and face an up­hill bat­tle to make it into next sea­son's Cham­pi­ons League via a top-four fin­ish in the Premier League.

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