Jose Mourinho was paid a staggering £4million by Manchester United not to take a job elsewhere while they decided the future of Louis van Gaal, according to the Daily Mail.
An agreement is reported to have been reached midway through the season to give United the option of bringing him in if Van Gaal failed to meet their targets.
The Daily Mail also report that Mourinho refused to accept a ‘behavioural clause’ in his five-year, £75m deal despite concerns among the United hierarchy over his eccentric touchline behaviour.
The 53-year-old was fined £229,900 and received two stadium bans during his two spells at Chelsea and United are desperate to avoid the negative publicity those incidents generated.
However, Mourinho refused to agree during negotiations in January, highlighting his strong bargaining position as United’s season unravelled. Unlike Manchester City’s pre-contract deal with Pep Guardiola, the unique arrangement with Mourinho was merely to ensure he would be available if required.
Had Van Gaal been deemed to have been a success, by whatever criteria United laid down, he would have stayed for the last year of his contract. The deal was first reported by Spanish newspaper El Pais in March.
As it is, former Chelsea manager Mourinho will have £200m to spend on new players as United, who lifted the FA Cup on Saturday, plot a route back to the top of the English game after missing out on a top-four spot for the second time in three seasons.
United hope to have their transfer business completed by the end of Euro 2016 to ensure their manager has his squad in place when they return to training.