Jose Mourinho has confided in close friends it is a ‘done deal’ that he will take over at Manchester United in the summer.
Sportsmail revealed at the weekend that the Portuguese was on the verge of agreeing terms to replace Louis van Gaal.
Mourinho has been out of work since he was sacked by Chelsea in December but it is widely known he would relish the chance to take over at United.
Now he has told associates that the move to Old Trafford is done and he is set to take over at the end of the season.
It will bring to an end Van Gaal’s troubled two-year reign.
The Dutchman will still have a year remaining on his United contract, but he has not impressed after being backed to the tune of hundreds of millions of pounds in the transfer market yet failing to win any silverware.
It has seen him come under increasing pressure from fans.
Van Gaal has been publicly riled in press conferences on several occasions when asked about his future at the club, but Mourinho is certain the job is his.
The move will reignite Mourinho’s bitter rivalry with Pep Guardiola, who will take over at Manchester City from Manuel Pellegrini in the summer.