The Old Trafford boardroom has confirmed to Jose Mourinho the Manchester United top job is his, according to the Sun.
They waved worries PSG’s manager Laurent Blanc would be available to take on the gig at United.
The Sun reported that despite such worries, there have been reassurances made to Mourinho in the last couple of days that he still in demand by the Red Devils.
The report also says negotiations have been at an advanced stage for a while and are close to being completed.
That ensures the former Chelsea boss – Mourinho – will earn a record £60 million over three years.
It’s still very hard to tell what exactly is going behind the scenes.
But it seems as if other interested managers have an uphill battle to convince United to make them a priority over Mourinho.
In a similar development, United seek to close £46m deal for teenage sensation Renato Sanches.
Benfica’s decision makers have arrived in London for talks with United according to the Daily Mail, as the Red Devils seek to finalise the signing of wonderkid Sanches.
Renato Sanches in action against Astana’s Foxi Kethevoama – Reuters
Sanches is currently under contract at Benfica until 2021 with a buyout clause of nearly £60m.
But The Mail is reporting they are willing to sell for £31m upfront with £15m in add-ons.
The report says the lively box to box midfielder has a strong chance to head to United, pending on this round of talks.
MANCHESTER UNITED V LEICESTER
In the meantime, Sunday’s Barclays Premier League encounter at Old Trafford will kick off at 14:05 BST.
It will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports and, as ever, fans can follow the action via ManUtd.com’s live match blog and the club’s official Twitter account @ManUtd.
MUTV’s preview show Match Day Live starts at 13:00 BST and that will be followed by live radio commentary on the channel, with the match shown in full at midnight.
A place in the Premier League’s top four is still very much a possibility for Manchester United.
United currently sit five points behind Manchester City and Arsenal in the table, with a game in hand.
A win against Leicester City would help keep the prospect of UEFA Champions League qualification alive.
After second-placed Tottenham Hotspur dropped points against West Bromwich Albion on Monday evening, Leicester know victory at Old Trafford would secure their maiden top-flight title.
Should United claim the spoils, the Foxes would still only need a maximum of three points from their last two matches to clinch the trophy.
That will leave Spurs facing a must-win London derby against Chelsea on Monday.
United will be in high spirits after the Emirates FA Cup semi-final win against Everton at Wembley on Saturday.
Anthony Martial’s cool finish in stoppage time evoked happy memories of old as the Reds marched into the final for the first time since 2007.
United’s only defeat in the last 13 Premier League fixtures against Leicester was the 5-3 reversal away to the Foxes early last season.
The East Midlands outfit has only lost one of their last 13 games, however, a record that helps illustrate why they have spent more than 100 days at the top of the table this term.
Back on 28 November, Leicester drew 1-1 with United to prevent the Reds from overtaking them at the summit.
Bastian Schweinsteiger scored on the stroke of half-time to bring United level after the Foxes had taken the lead through Jamie Vardy.
The main talking point was not the result but rather that Vardy had written his name in the record books by eclipsing Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record by scoring in 11 consecutive Premier League games.