Jose Mourinho has not held talks with Paris Saint-Germain after the French league champions made an approach to his agent, with the former Chelsea manager still determined to land the Manchester United job should Louis van Gaal leave this summer.
PSG contacted Mourinho’s agent, Jorge Mendes, earlier this month to discuss the Portuguese’s future and offer him the chance to replace current head coach Laurent Blanc following their Champions League exit at the hands of Manchester City.
With PSG’s Qatari owners unhappy with the progress made in Europe under Blanc, it was reported by Sky Sports that Mourinho’s agent had received an official offer to take charge of the Parisians from the start of next season.
But the Manchester Evening News are reporting that Mourinho himself has not m
ade any contact with PSG’s owners despite being friends with club owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi. It’s added that Mendes has spoken with United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward again this week with Mourinho said to have “guaranteed” to close friends that he will be the United manager next season.
The speculation over Mourinho’s future comes at a time when Van Gaal is fighting for his future, with a top four Premier League finish and an FA Cup success still possible. United face Everton in the FA Cup semi-finals this weekend knowing they can end their 12-year Cup drought with victory, while last night’s 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace leaves them just one point off fourth-placed Arsenal – who play their game in hand against West Brom tonight.
It’s reported that Van Gaal is unhappy with United’s lack of progress in the transfer market ahead of the summer, having seen the club press on with their plans at this stage last season. One possible explanation is that Van Gaal has spent over £250m since he replaced David Moyes in 2014.
However, it has also been claimed that it is a sign of the uncertainty surrounding Van Gaal’s future, with the club unwilling to sign off on any of the Dutchman’s transfer targets while his job remains in the balance.
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