Ever since Jose Mourinho was sacked from Chelsea in December, he has been heavily linked with the Manchester United job.
More than five months later and the Portuguese is still yet to be officially named as the next manager at Old Trafford - but it’s only a matter of time.
Since his dismissal from Stamford Bridge, there have been reports virtually every day linking Mourinho with United and it begs the question; how long have they had a verbal agreement in place?
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However, respected journalist Duncan Castles claims Mourinho had to dismiss enquiries from as many as five clubs as he waiting for United’s campaign to finish.
The Sunday Times journalist wrote an article for ONE World Sports where he says the Special One was subject to interest from numerous teams as he waited in the wings.
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“As he waited for the conclusion of United's campaign, Mourinho fielded inquiries about his interest in taking over at Real Madrid, AS Roma, Internazionale, Arsenal and Everton,” he wrote.
“All were knocked back in favour of the potential opportunity to revive the fortunes of England's most prestigious club.”
Sit and wait
Mourinho had to sit and watch as Louis van Gaal threatened to salvage the club’s season. The Dutchman led his side to a fifth-placed finish - missing out on Champions League qualification on goal difference. His last act as manager was to win the first trophy since the Sir Alex Ferguson era by lifting the FA Cup.
But that wasn’t enough to save his job as United chiefs sacked him less than 48 hours later with the announcement of Jose Mourinho imminent.
While Manchester United wasn’t the only club interesting in appointing Mourinho, the Red Devils also had other managerial options.
The Sun have reported that Old Trafford chiefs sounded out Pep Guardiola, Carlo Ancelotti and Mauricio Pochettino - but to no avail.
Joining Mourinho at Old Trafford will be Zlatan Ibrahimovic, if reports are to be believed.
The Swedish striker has announced he will be leaving Paris Saint-Germain and a sensational reunion with Mourinho is on the cards. The pair worked together at Inter for one season, where they won Serie A and formed a great relationship.
Comings and goings
While the is plenty of talk about who is arriving at the club, there may be some personnel that are set to leave due to the arrival of Mourinho.
And it’s not just the futures of the players that could be in doubt. Ryan Giggs has been assistant manager at the club in the previous two campaigns but will be removed from that role when Mourinho brings in his trusted right-hand man Rui Faria.
Mourinho is set to offer Giggs a role to remain at the club but it’s unclear whether the Welshman will opt to further his managerial career at an alternative club.
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