Manchester United have officially appointed former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho as their new manager. He signed a three-year contract, according to the club’s website.
However, the question that remains: how much will the Special One be paid at Old Trafford? Reports are varied over Mourinho’s wage with the Red Devils:
- The Independent are talking about the Portuguese earning £10 million a year, with Mourinho making a total of £30 million from 2016 to 2019.
- The Times report Mourinho will earn £12 million a year, which would result in earnings of £36 million if he finishes his contract.
- The Daily Express and The Daily Mail are quoting £15 million-a-year contract, resulting in £45 million earnings after three seasons in charge of United.
All three scenario’s will result in Mourinho earning significantly more than the £22 million United Louis van Gaal’s signed on for in 2014, also a three-year deal. However, the Red Devils reportedly had to pay the Dutchman £5 million for not seeing out the final year of his deal.
Mourinho’s reported annual wage could be lower than Pep Guardiola’s, who is set to earn £15 million a season at Manchester City. Still, the Portuguese could top his Spanish rival by earning bonus payments. According to The Independent, Mourinho will get a £5 million bonus if he guides the Red Devils to Champions League glory and £2.5 million for winning the Premier League title.
Meanwhile, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still on United’s transfer radar and a deal seems to be coming closer every day. According to The Guardian, the striker has made his wage demands clear to the club.
The Swedish striker wants to become the second highest paid player at Old Trafford behind Wayne Rooney, who currently earns £300,000 per week. Ibrahimovich’s looks to pocket £220,000 per week and a combined total of just over £11 million per season.