Jose Mourinho’s move to Manchester United is being held up due to complications over image rights, according to top sports lawyer Jake Cohen.
Cohen announced on his Twitter feed yesterday morning that Mourinho’s entrance at Old Trafford as Louis Van Gaal’s replacement may not be as smooth as some United fans would hope – even though the issues aren’t believed to be serious enough to scupper the deal completely.
He revealed that a delay has occurred due to the fact that former club Chelsea still own the trademark for the Portuguese boss’ real name, adding that his image rights are worth millions and that he was ill-advised during his time in London.
Despite the hold up, Mourinho’s announcement is expected imminently, although these delays could potentially carry into Euro 2016, and affect Mourinho’s transfer dealings.
Van Gaal’s exit was formally announced earlier this week, confirming what many believed to be a long-held formality. The Dutchman was sacked despite winning the FA Cup last weekend, as United beat Crystal Palace after extra time.
Assistant manager Ryan Giggs is reportedly set to exit the club, ending his long affiliation with United, amid reports that he is unsatisfied that he was not offered the manager’s role himself.