Manchester United have reportedly agreed a deal with axed Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho who is to be unveiled as Louis Van Gaal’s successor within a fortnight.
The former Chelsea manager has been in the running to take over at Old Trafford since his dismissal from Stamford Bridge last December finally signed the contract at the end of last week, the Express reports.
According to the British daily, Manchester United bosses held off a late bid from French giants Paris St-Germain to secure the Portuguese’s signature and had hoped to wait until the end of the season to make an announcement as they wanted no distractions ahead of their bid to finish in the places for Champions League qualification as well as FA Cup Final glory.
But they have been forced to bring it forward after news of Mourinho’s signing the contract leaked out on Saturday in his native Portugal.
Van Gaal has been under pressure after United were dumped out of the Champions League in the group stages and then failed to impress in the Europa League.
They look like missing out on the Champions League next season after Arsenal and arch-rivals Manchester City moved well clear of them in the Premier League table.
Mourinho, who will be handed full control of transfers, is already working on a list of targets as he looks to bolster a squad that has struggled particularly in front of goal.