Manchester United Paid Jose Mourinho £4 Million to Stay Available

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho in London, England, May 22. Manchester United is expected to announce the former Chelsea manager as its new boss this week. Jack Taylor/Getty

Manchester United paid Jose Mourinho £4 million ($5.8 million) to prevent him signing with another club and make sure he was available this summer.

The club is expected to announce the former Chelsea manager as Louis van Gaal's successor at Old Trafford this week.

This is after United agreed to shell out a small fortune to stop Mourinho joining another club, according to the Daily Mail, even though the payment was no guarantee that the Portuguese would be given the job.

Mourinho is believed to have been in talks with Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain but preferred the idea of remaining in England and taking to the United dugout.

But after Van Gaal failed to deliver a top-four finish in the Premier League, leaving United out of the Champions League for the second time in three years, the board has decided to install Mourinho at the helm.

The former Real Madrid and Inter Milan boss is now set to sign a five-year deal worth £75 million ($109 million).

In December, Chelsea sacked him for a second time as the club languished near the relegation zone despite being Premier League champions the previous season.

Van Gaal, who led United to the FA Cup trophy with a 2-1 win against Crystal Palace on Saturday, is yet to learn of his future and reported for work as usual at the club's Carrington training ground on Monday.