|José Mourinho, pictured here in London on Thursday, is taking over at Manchester United from Louis van Gaal. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA|
José Mourinho has signed a contract to take over as Manchester United’s manager, with the club expected to make a formal announcement on Friday. The Portuguese and his agent, Jorge Mendes, have been in talks with Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, throughout the week and the 53-year-old finally put pen to paper on Thursday.
The length of the contract is believed to be three years and Mourinho travelled to Manchester on Thursday to take official photographs for the announcement.
United sacked Louis van Gaal on Monday after two largely unsuccessful years at Old Trafford, giving Mourinho the chance to take over at the club that had been his first choice since he left Chelsea in December last year.
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amid Manchester United interest
The former Real Madrid manager has discussed transfer targets with the Old Trafford hierarchy, with André Gomes, John Stones, Álvaro Morata, Mauro Icardi high on his wish list. Mourinho will have a minimum of £150m to spend on players, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic a potential signing on a free transfer.
United have held talks with the 34-year-old Sweden striker but both parties want more time before they make a decision. Ibrahimovic said on Thursday that he had “concrete offers from clubs in England as well as Italy and from sides outside Europe” and talked of his admiration for Mourinho. “I had a fantastic time with him at Inter and we said when I left that we might work together again,” he said.