Jose Mourinho is set to earn a substantial amount from Manchester United whether he becomes their new manager or not, reports the Mirror.
The former Chelsea boss has been told to keep himself available until the end of the season so he can replace Louis van Gaal.
However, there is no guarantee that Ed Woodward will sack the Dutchman, who still has one year left on his Old Trafford contract.
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That has left Mourinho in limbo. He can not accept the advances of another club yet may find the Manchester United hot seat unavailable.
But when you have Jorge Mendes as your agent, these situations always appear to swing in your favour. According to the report, Mourinho has agreed a "substantial" compensation clause with Manchester United.
It means that the Special One will receive a sizeable payout from Manchester United in the instance that he does not become their manager.
Saving Van Gaal
Manchester United officials know it will be hard to justify sacking Van Gaal if he wins the FA Cup and seals a top-four spot in the Premier League.
While the latter looks to be more or less unachievable at the moment, the former is very much within reach. The Red Devils are favourites to lift the famous old trophy at Wembley when they take on Crystal Palace later this month.
Having been essentially written off earlier this season, an upturn in performances has given Van Gaal every chance of keeping his job for at least one more season.
Mourinho, who has also been linked with Paris Saint-Germain, can rest easy knowing that he will go away a richer man whatever happens.