Manchester United have reportedly reached an "agreement in principle" for Jose Mourinho to become their next manager. The 53-year-old Portuguese has been persistently linked to the managerial job at Old Trafford, in light of current manager Louis van Gaal's struggles this season.

Mourinho has been out of work since he was sacked by Chelsea in December. However, the former Porto manager has consistently stated that he hopes to be in a new job by this summer, furthering speculation he will take over at United.

Van Gaal has come under pressure for failing to challenge for the Premier League title and steer United's consistently uninspiring performances. Now, according to The Telegraph, United have agreed a deal with Mourinho for him to replace the Dutchman.

Meanwhile, it is also reported that United are pressing ahead with efforts to sign long-term targets John Stones of Everton and Benfica's Renato Sanches, both of whom are among the most sought-after young players in European football. They are both said to be signings Mourinho would approve of, as he tried to entice them to Chelsea during his second spell at the club.

United are reportedly at an advanced stage in their negotiations for the transfer of Sanches, who made his international début for Portugal earlier this season. Coincidentally, the 18-year-old midfielder is also represented by Jorge Mendes, who is also Mourinho's agent.