According to sources, former Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho took a significant pay cut to join Serie A’s side, Roma. He took a salary cut to become Roma’s new boss. Making £3.5 million less per year than he did at Tottenham. Read more about Jose Mourinho new role here.

Mourinho made a surprise return to management with the Italian giants on Tuesday, just weeks after being fired by Tottenham Hotspur following a bitterly frustrating Premier League and Europa League season.

The 58-year-old former Manchester United, Chelsea, and Real Madrid boss will succeed Paulo Fonseca at the end of the season after agreeing on a contract in Rome until 2024.

Mourinho, on the other hand, has taken a significant pay cut to return to Serie A, receiving £6.5 million per season in the Italian capital. That is a £3.5m decrease from his £10m-a-year minimum salary in north London.

Roma is willing to employ Mourinho because they are eligible for tax cuts under the Italian Growth Decree. It means they get a tax break of about 30% on their earnings.

Mourinho’s deal stipulates that if he leads Roma to Italian or European glory during his tenure, he will receive more money in bonuses.

According to Italian media, Mourinho’s overall financial package would cost Roma about £8.6 million.

However, it is also confirmed that the Spurs will have to pay a portion of his salary. Spurs will pay Mourinho £7.7 million as part of the deal he signed with the club until 2023, ensuring he gets the same wage he did in London.

His hiring, though, is estimated to save Spurs up to £13 million in bonuses. Following his firing, the north London club sent Mourinho on gardening leave, implying that Tottenham will continue to pay the Special One’s salary month after month.

Following a poor first season under their management, the Friedkin family wants Mourinho to turn it around. They want Mourinho to make Roma more appealing on a global scale as well as to prospective buyers.

The investors want to win the Serie A championship within three years. They will spend money on transfers this summer to provide Mourinho with a winning squad. This season, they want to sign a goalkeeper, a center back, and a forward.

Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny may be available if the Turin club were willing to sign Gianluigi Donnarumma. This is possible only on a free transfer.

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