Manchester United were locked in a second day of talks with Jose Mourinho’s agents on Wednesday, hammering out a deal to sweep the controversial Portuguese boss into Old Trafford.
The former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager has agreed personal terms on a three-year deal with a likely annual salary of at least £10 million but issues remain over image rights, Sky News television reported.
The 53-year-old is mulling a bid for Zlatan Ibrahimovic as one of his first moves in the job, according to media reports, after the star Sweden striker played his final game for French champions Paris Saint-Germain last week.
United finally sacked Louis van Gaal on Monday, two days after the club won the FA Cup with a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.
Despite the victory, the Old Trafford club’s failure to qualify for the lucrative Champions League proved fatal to the Dutchman’s hopes of staying on as manager.
After a first day of talks between Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes and the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, United goalkeeping great Peter Schmeichel said they likely involved both sides setting out the direction they want the club to go in.
“I always expected Jose Mourinho to have Manchester United at the very top of his list — his dream job. I think he can be an absolute success but has a lot to prove,” the Dane told Sky Sports television.
“I’m looking forward to this next period and hopefully he will give all fans belief that all is well and they are going in the right direction.”