JOSE MOURINHO is so adamant he will be Manchester United’s manager next season that he has already lined up a move for £70million striker Gonzalo Higuain.
However, the Argentina international – who has bagged 32 goals for Napoli so far this season – is rated so highly by the Serie A side that they have slapped a £95m valuation on him.
But with only two years left on his current deal, they are likely to drop the figure.
Former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan boss Mourinho told French champions Paris St Germain and close friends last week that he will definitely be taking over at Old Trafford in the summer.
Louis van Gaal is not expected to hold onto the job, despite steering the Red Devils to an FA Cup semi-final against Everton at Wembley later this month.
Sunday People claim: “Mourinho is already working on targets, including Higuain and Benfica’s young midfield playmaker Renato Sanches.
“The Special One was sacked for a second time by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in December.
“But unlike the first time he was dismissed from Stamford Bridge, in 2007, his exit package did not contain a clause forbidding him to work for another English club within two seasons.”
Before United fans get too excited at the thought of Higuain leading their attack next season, there are a few t’s to be crossed and i’s to be dotted.
Despite what Mourinho claims, there has been no official announcement on Van Gaal’s Old Trafford future yet and even then there is the question ‘would Higuain choose to join a club that appears unlikely to be competing in the Champions League next season?’
No doubt the Argentine would be a huge boost to a Red Devils side that has managed just 40 goals in 33 Premier League games this season, but this move is a long, long way from eventuating.