Jose Mourinho has reportedly held talks with Paris Saint-Germain over the possibility of replacing manager Laurent Blanc this summer, meaning Manchester United could be set to lose out unless they enter the fray soon.
That’s according to the Daily Mail‘s, who reported Mourinho “wants a deal agreed by next week,” so if United do not make the decision to replace Louis van Gaal shortly after Saturday’s FA Cup final, they may find the top candidate to replace him has gone to the French capital.
They said that current PSG boss Blanc could be at risk of being replaced due to the club’s persistent failure to make a significant impact on the latter stages of the UEFA Champions League—something Mourinho has experience in having lifted the trophy withFC Porto and Inre Mialn .
Bottom of Form
While the lack of competitiveness in Ligue 1 could be off-putting for some managers—PSG won the league by 31 points this year—the virtual guarantee of trophies and huge resources available for transfers could tempt Mourinho to go there.
Further, barring a return to another of his former clubs, there are only a handful of teams left in European football that Mourinho might perceive to be big enough to consider joining—and fewer still that would realistically appoint him at the moment based on either the job their current boss is doing or his former allegiances.
Per Sky Sports News HQ, the Special One has confirmed he has not yet made an agreement with any club to take over this summer:
Even if United lift the FA Cup under the Dutchman, missing out on Mourinho could be a huge blow to their chances of success next season.
The Red Devils have all but missed out on Champions League football, and the ponderous, unimaginative play they’ve produced in midfield and up front has seemingly left a great deal of the Old Trafford faithful wanting more.
With Pep Guardiola taking charge at Manchester City , Antonio Conte at Chelsea and the likes of Tottenham Hotspur ,Liverpool and West Ham United likely to improve again—not to mention champions Leicester City —United look set to be left behind if Van Gaal is in charge next season.