Jose Mourinho has agreed to replace Louis van Gaal and become the next manager of Manchester United, according to reports in Italy.
The Portuguese coach has been linked with Old Trafford ever since his departure from Chelsea last December, despite club officials insisting that they have made no formal approach.
Mourinho is keen to return to management this summer, recently telling reporters that he wants to be in his new job by June 30 at the latest.
According to a report by Sky Italia, the former Internazionale and Real Madrid head coach has now reached an agreement with United’s hierarchy and a deal could be completed in “a matter of time”.
“Jose Mourinho will be the next manager of Manchester United,” the story reads, published on the website of Sky Sports’ Italian arm. “The Special One, back from his second (unsuccessful) spell with Chelsea, will be the successor to Louis van Gaal on the bench at Old Trafford.”
“At the moment there is no official agreement, but it would seem only a matter of hours,” the report, published on Wednesday night, adds. ‘Una questione di ore’, which translates literally as ‘a matter of hours’, can be understood as an equivalent to ‘a matter of time”.