Contradictory reports circulate over Jose Mourinho’s severance package

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Jose Mourinho
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When it emerged on Tuesday that Jose Mourinho had agreed to become AS Roma’s next head coach, it appeared that it would be good news for Tottenham.

The club find themselves in a difficult financial situation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and it appears that they will have to sell some of their players in order to raise funds for new targets this summer.

there is likely to be too much money to throw around in the transfer market if any.

Given that Mourinho was placed on gardening leave when he was sacked two and a half weeks ago, his quick return to football looked like it was potentially set to save Tottenham a significant outlay.

That is certainly how Football.London’s Alasdair Gold reported the news, with the journalist suggesting that Spurs, who were initially set to pay their former boss’ wages for potentially up to 18 months, would now only have to do so for the next couple of months until he begins employment with the Serie A club.

However, reports from Italy seem to contradict this claim, suggesting instead that Tottenham could continue to pay a significant portion of Mourinho’s salary through his first season in Rome.

According to Sky Sport Italia (as relayed by Football Italia), the Portuguese coach has signed a contract worth €7m-a-year (£6m) at Rome but he will continue to earn the €16m-a-year (£14m) that he did during his time at Spurs, with his former club set to paying the remaining £8m.

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