Latest updates from Manchester United’s move for Jose Mourinho is that the Old Trafford club will have to pay a handsome ‘transfer fee’ to Chelsea to have the ‘Special One’ even after agreeing terms with him on salaries among other things.
This follows reports on Wednesday that the Blues had trademarked its ex-manager’s SIGNATURE and name early in his first spell in charge and allowed subsequent employers to use them under licence!
According to reports in Mirror UK, “Jose Mourinho’s appointment as Manchester United manager is being delayed because Chelsea still own his signature.
“The 53-year-old Portuguese has already agreed terms to become Louis van Gaal’s successor, accepting a three-year deal worth £12million-a-year.
“United, however, face a six-figure bill to secure the rights to Mourinho ’s autograph and even his own name, which were trademarked by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in 2005.
“The Blues’ ownership is not due to expire until the year 2025.
The respected British tabloid reports that Chelsea was also paid by Inter Milan and Real Madrid – the two clubs Mourinho managed before his return to Stamford Bridge – as they used his name under license.
“…according to the European United’s Intellectual Property Office database, ‘Jose Mourinho’ remains a registered trademark of Chelsea Football Club Limited.
“The west Londoners applied for the ownership of the name in March 2005, less than a year after the Special One arrived at Stamford Bridge.
“It is trademarked under five classes of goods, for use on products such as calculators, cigarette holders and aftershave,” Mirror UK reports.