Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's move for Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has stalled over compensation. The Daily Mail says Mourinho's sensational move back to Chelsea could be on hold - paving the way for him to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

The news will have special significance at Old Trafford, with Sir Alex Ferguson having ended his glittering 27-year reign at Old Trafford.

Blues owner Abramovich refuses to pay the buyout clause in the Real Madrid manager's contract, as well as compensation for Mourinho's backroom staff.

Abramovich paid Mourinho and the backroom team £18million when he sacked them in 2006, and the buyout clause in his Madrid contract is believed to be £20million in the season, with a fee open to negotiation in the summer.