After being without a job for almost four months, The Special One, Jose Mourinho has finally been offered a new deal by La Liga club, Valencia.
According to reports in The Sun UK on Thursday morning, Valencia, which sacked its embattled British manager, Gary Neville, on Wednesday has urged Mourinho to “Forget Manchester United – join us now”.
Gary Neville was sacked by the La Liga club after only four months in charge with No2 Pako Ayestaran announced as his interim replacement. But The Sun reports that serious discussions have been ongoing for more than a month about Mourinho becoming the master of the Mestalla.
Although he prefers a move to Old Trafford, should they sack Louis van Gaal, Mourinho has yet to receive a written offer from Manchester United, having agreed only to a pre-contract that ties his future to the club for a certain amount of financial gain should he eventually not be hired.
The English tabloid reports that United have held a number of meetings with Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes and outlined possible terms which could reach £20million a year with bonuses but continue to dither.
Mendes, however, is one of Valencia owner, Peter Lim’s closest football advisors and The Sun claims that an agreement has been reached on a deal.
According to the tabloid, “back in December Valencia wanted Mourinho this summer and serious talks took place in February when Jose and his agent were guests of Lim in his native Singapore. The billionaire is prepared to pay Mourinho around £15m-a-year with a £100m transfer kitty.”
Lim, it says, is a friend and business partner of Neville but decided to wield the axe after he lost eight of his 16 La Liga games.
Neville said: “I understand we are in a results business.
“In the 28 games they have not been to my standards or to those which are required by this club.”