Real Madrid were ready to reunite with Jose Mourinho before the Portuguese boss was appointed by Tottenham Hotspur a couple of weeks ago. After a couple of days with the ‘Special One’ in charge of Spurs, details have surfaced on how Madrid planned to land Mou and what kind of offer they made.
According to The Sun, Madrid were ready to offer Jose Mourinho £12 million not to take another job, and just wait for Zinedine Zidane to leave. The Spanish giants did not want their former boss to link up with another top European club, which is why they recurred to drastic methods.
However, the Portuguese had his heart set on Tottenham following the departure of Mauricio Pochettino. Fortunately, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy rewarded Mou’s patience.
Moreover, Los Blancos weren’t the only club interested in the two-time Champions League winner. Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan and Lyon all wanted him, while Chinese outfit Guangzhou Evergrande were willing to pay him £40 million per year after tax. Yet, once Mourinho learned the Tottenham job was in play, he was happy to take that route.
Spurs didn’t start the season the best way and their crisis increased every day until the board decided to part ways with Mauricio Pochettino. The poor start to the season accelerated the process to find a replacement for the Argentinian tactician.
The Sun add that a key meeting took place on October 21, when Mourinho canceled appointments at short notice in order to talk to super-agent Pini Zahavi. He left the meeting convinced he was the frontrunner to take over at Spurs and so was prepared to reject any offer Real might put on the table for him.