Jose Mourinho is set to become Manchester United manager after the dismissal of Louis van Gaal but it appears there are still some major details to be ironed out before the deal is rubber stamped.
The Special One is sending his agent Jorge Mendes to meet with United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in London later this week as they aim to advance on the talks they held in secret earlier this year.
It is understood that basic terms have already been agreed with Mourinho set to earn around £10m-a-season over a three-year contract. But the former Chelsea manager still wants several issues cleared up before he puts pen to paper.
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According to the Evening Standard, one of his biggest concerns is the continued influence of the Glazer family on the day-to-day running of the club. The controversial American owners insist on having all transfer decisions run through them from across the Atlantic before anything is completed. That has led to significant delays in the past.
This is not agreeable for Mourinho, who is demanding full control over his squad. Although the Glazer's will have the power to veto any deal, he does not want his transfer plans sent to America to be consulted for days at a time before he can take action.
It is a move straight out of Sir Alex Ferguson's playbook. The man who Mourinho idolises was at odds with the Glazers when they originally took over the club in 2005 but is believed to have finally agreed to stay when they offered him full control over the construction of his team.
Neither David Moyes or Louis van Gaal were given such a privilege and player recruitment has suffered significantly as a result. Woodward has tried and failed in a number of transfer pursuits and it felt that the reason behind that is his lack of freedom when compared to his predecessor David Gill.
Mourinho will get the chance to work with Ferguson as the retired manager still acts as a club ambassador and regularly attends matches and board meetings. The Portuguese will be hoping Ferguson backs his argument that he can be trusted to build a team capable of winning the Premier League without the help of the billionaire owners.
Manchester United are reportedly ready to hand £200m to spend in the transfer market this summer and he has already been linked with a host of names.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to arrive from PSG while Everton's John Stones, Chelsea's Nemanja Matic and Juventus striker Alvaro Morata all on the shortlist.
In what is sure to be a busy window of comings and goings, Mourinho needs to be able to make decisions unimpeded and will make sure he can do just that before finally taking the Old Trafford hot seat.
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