Jose Mourinho and Manchester United have agreed terms on a three-year contract worth £45m, according to various reports.
United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and agent Jorge Mendes are set to continue negotiations on Wednesday, with image rights said to be high on their agenda after agreeing the basic terms of the deal.
According to the Daily Mirror: ‘United were hopeful of making an announcement to confirm Mourinho’s appointment on Wednesday, but the complex nature of the contract details means it could be Thursday before the deal is confirmed.’
And Sky Sports say: ‘Mendes, Woodward, and both sets of legal teams are continuing to work on how they can keep their respective sponsors happy, and those talks will continue on Wednesday.’
The Mirror claim to have some insight into Mourinho’s transfer window requests, with ‘a new centre-back, right midfielder, central midfielder and centre-forward’ top of the agenda.
Louis van Gaal’s turbulent two-year Old Trafford reign was brought to an end on Monday, just two days after leading the Red Devils to their first major trophy of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.
United confirmed they planned to announce Van Gaal’s successor “soon” in the Monday statement confirming the widely-expected change in management.
Mourinho’s impending arrival has not been universally welcomed, though, as club great Eric Cantona believes Manchester City-bound Pep Guardiola would have been a better fit.
“I love Jose Mourinho, but in terms of the type of football he plays I don’t think he is Manchester United,” the Frenchman told the Guardian.
“He can win with Manchester United. But do they expect that type of football, even if they win? I don’t think so.”
Cantona added: “Guardiola was the one to take. He is the spiritual son of Johan Cruyff. I would have loved to have seen Guardiola in Manchester (United).
“He is the only one to change Manchester. He is in Manchester, but at the wrong one.”
Cantona suggested he is open to one day returning to Old Trafford as manager, but it is the future of former team-mate Ryan Giggs that is of serious interest right now.
The position of United’s most decorated player is uncertain, with reports suggesting the former winger is considering ending his near 29-year association with the club.
Robbie Savage, who came through United’s academy with Giggs and later played alongside him for Wales, believes the player with more appearances for the Red Devils than any other has been harshly treated.
“If I was Giggsy now I would look to start my career as a manager somewhere else,” Savage said.
“If Giggsy can go out and make his own decisions now, do well somewhere, he can come back and the United job will be his.”
No confirmation on the fate of the rest of Van Gaal’s backroom team has yet been made, but it has been reported that assistant coaches Albert Stuivenberg and Frans Hoek, as well as performance analyst Max Reckers, have left.
They all remain listed on United’s website, though, as do training physiologist Jos van Dijk and assistant coach Marcel Bout, who specialises in opposition scouting.