Tuesday 20 February 2018

Jose Mourinho offered €15m-a-year deal to manage Fenerbahce - reports

Jose Mourinho. Photo: Getty
Jose Mourinho. Photo: Getty
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Turkish side Fenerbahce have offered Jose Mourinho a huge contract to take over as their new head coach this summer, according to reports coming out of Istanbul.

After Mourinho again insisted he didn’t have a contract to join any club this summer, the Turkish media are today reporting that the former Chelsea manager has been approached to make a move to take over at Fenerbahce, with a huge €15m-a-year pay packet on offer.

Mourinho has made it clear that his preference as he considers his next move is to replace Louis van Gaal at Manchester United this summer, yet there remains some doubts over whether the Old Trafford club will make a change this summer.

Sky Sports reported on Tuesday that Mourinho would be offered the United job if Van Gaal left after Saturday’s FA Cup final against Crystal Palace, yet the Dutchman has made no suggestion that he will walk away from his post and reiterated that stance after his side’s 3-1 Premier League win against Bournemouth on Tuesday night.

It seems unlikely that Mourinho would be tempted to move to a Turkish side that currently employs ex-Man Utd stars Robin van Persie and Nani, even if the wages on offer are as lofty as is being reported in their local media.

As Mourinho has hinted he wants to work in a competitive league, a move to Paris Saint-Germain would also appear to be far from ideal, despite suggestions his advisers opened talks with the French club earlier this week.

The next move in the Mourinho story will come this weekend, with Van Gaal needing a victory in the FA Cup final to keep alive his hopes of clinging on to power at Old Trafford heading into the third and final year of his contract.

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