Roman Abramovich is facing another big manager payout even if Jose Mourinho joins Manchester United, according to the Telegraph.
Originally, it had been reported that the Special One would forfeit millions in compensation if he agreed to take the role at Old Trafford. As it stands, Chelsea are still paying Mourinho his £10m-a-year wage.
However, this report in the Telegraph claims that a clause in Mourinho's contract states that Chelsea will have to make up any shortfall in wages that he accepts at a new club until the end of the season.
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While, of course, Manchester United still have a manager in Louis van Gaal, they are already believed to have prepared a £6m-a-year contract for Mourinho should the Dutchman succumb to the sack.
If, then, Mourinho replaces Van Gaal in the new year, it would leave Chelsea facing a bill of around £1.5m. It's a nightmare scenario for Abramovich, who has already spent tens of millions just in compensation since buying Chelsea in 2003.
It probably justifies the Russian's reluctance to get rid of Mourinho before he did, especially when it seemed clear that the situation at Stamford Bridge was unlikely to get better.
The prospect of paying Mourinho to manage their Premier League rivals is likely to anger Chelsea fans, who were unhappy with Abramovich's decision to sack him in the first place.
Their support for Mourinho was on full display in last Saturday's game against Sunderland with some groups choosing to boo several Chelsea players, who they believe let the manager down.