Jose Mourinho reportedly has an “agreement” in place with Valencia should he wish to take on the vacant managerial post, with the club said to be trying to convince him to join them over Manchester United.
The Liga side parted ways with toiling head coach Gary Neville on Wednesday after a torrid spell, and according to Shaun Custis of theSun, “serious discussions have been ongoing for more than a month about Mourinho becoming the master of the Mestalla.” Custis added that “it is understood agreement has been reached on a deal.”
It’s stated in the report that the Red Devils are still Mourinho’s preferred club, with Custis having suggested that his agent, Jorge Mendes, has staged talks with the club about taking over from Louis van Gaal this summer.
However, it now appears the Old Trafford outfit have significant competition for the former Chelsea boss, with Valencia owner Peter Lim a big fan of the Portuguese. “The billionaire is prepared to pay Mourinho around £15 million-a-year with a £100 million transfer kitty,” Custis reported.
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While Valencia are one of the biggest clubs in European football, landing Mourinho would be something of a coup for them. At the moment, the Liga side are languishing in 14th place—just six points clear of the relegation zone.
As we can see here courtesy of Squawka Football, Neville found things tough at the Mestalla during his brief tenure:
Aside from the promise of a massive salary and a lot of money to throw around in the summer, the prospect of working with some talented footballers may also be enough to tempt Mourinho to the club.
While they didn’t thrive under Neville, Valencia have an exciting core of young players, especially Jose Gaya, Shkodran Mustafi, Andre Gomes and Paco Alcacer.
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Still, there are clearly big problems at Valencia that extend beyond Neville’s own issues, especially in terms of squad balance and motivation.
Goal’s Spanish football reporter Ben Hayward thinks the new manager has some deep-rooted problems to stem when he takes over:
On the face of things, this doesn’t seem like the kind of role which Mourinho is suited for. Typically during his managerial career he’s added gloss to teams that are close to something special, as he did in both stints at Chelsea and in inspiring Real Madrid and Inter Milan to major silverware.
So while United are in need of an overhaul at the end of the campaign, there’s much less work for him to do at Old Trafford than at Valencia.
Moving to La Liga again and taking on this sizeable challenge may be appealing, but Mourinho’s career to date has shown us that if it’s a straight choice between the Red Devils and Los Che, the former will surely be his favoured option.