May 26, 2008

According to Portuguese sports daily A Bola, José Mourinho and Inter Milan have come to an agreement for the former Chelsea man to replace Roberto Mancini as coach.

It was reported in the Italian press earlier Monday that Mourinho had made up his mind that he wanted the job at Inter, but had issued club president Massimo Moratti a deadline of midnight to make or break the deal.

Moratti, who was said to be having second thoughts about whether or not to keep Mancini on, has now, according to A Bola, decided that Mourinho is indeed his man.

The 45-year-old has apparently been handed a three-year contract at San Siro, and will earn $14 million per season.

As part of the deal, Mourinho will immediately be allowed to sign former players Frank Lampard from Chelsea and Deco from Barcelona, while Luís Figo will be handed a one-year extension to his current contract that runs out next month.

The Mancini era, which yielded three successive Scudetti, appears now to be over, although it must be noted that there is still no official confirmation.

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