Manchester United will have cough out a massive £5million as severance package if they choose to sack Louis van Gaal this summer, according to The Times.
The Dutchman has one year left on his £8million-a-year deal, of which only £3.3million is the basic salary.
Over half of Van Gaal’s deal at United is based on performance in the league and image rights. He is alleged to be in line for £1.1million if he steers United into the top four.
It is reported that Van Gaal will receive a £400,000 bonus if United win the FA Cup, but he will be in line for a bumper pay-off if he gets the sack.
His severance package means that he should be in line to receive 66 per cent of his existing wage.
But with the Dutchman looking increasingly likely to stay at Old Trafford after steering them to the FA Cup final and on the verge of a top four finish, it means Jose Mourinho will snub the Red Devils if they make him wait for the manager’s job beyond this summer, according to the Daily Mail.
Recent reports suggest that Ed Woodward has asked the former Chelsea boss to postpone his move to Old Trafford for another 12 months.
But Mourinho is alleged to be unhappy about the proposal and has told United to forget about his arrival should he be forced to wait.
The Portuguese would instead begin looking for other jobs as he wants to return to management this summer.