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24 May 2016 14:39

It was expected that Mourinho’s agent Jorge
Mendes and Ed Woodward would meet in
London today to discuss a deal in person, but
Sky sources have confirmed the pair are
already close to reaching an agreement after
negotiations via phone and email last night
extended into this morning.

Manchester United’s lawyers have now been
instructed to draw up a draft contract,
meaning today’s scheduled talks between
Woodward and Mendes in London may not be
needed after all. Sources close to the deal
have told us the negotiations were “easy”,
mainly due to Mourinho’s overwhelming
desire to become Manchester United
manager, and they expect a deal to be signed
in the next 48 hours.

Sky Sports News HQ has been told that the
financial elements of the deal are not
something Mourinho is overly concerned with,
and that his motivation is the challenge of
restoring Manchester United to the position of
Europe’s top club.