Mourinho’s move to Manchester United delayed by endorsements

Wednesday May 25th, 2016

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Jose Mourinho’s appointment as manager of Manchester United is being delayed due to a clashing between his personal endorsement deals and the club’s commercial partnerships, according to The Telegraph.

Manchester United currently has a seven-year shirt sponsorship with car manufacturer Chevrolet, a conflict with Mourinho’s personal arrangement with Jaguar. Mourinho also has a deal with the Swiss watch company Hublot, while United is partnered with the American watch company Bulova.

There is an additional conflict of interest between United’s contract with casino and leisure report operator Donaco International and Mourinho’s deal with casino operator Paradise Co.

Chelsea also evidently owns the copyright to Mourinho's name, which is another technical issue holding up the deal.

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Lawyers representing both the club and Mourinho are working to resolve these image rights issues. United is expected to announce Mourinho as the club’s new manger within the next few days.

Mourinho, who reportedly has agreed to the terms of a three-year contract, will replace Louis van Gaal at the club’s helm.

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