Jose Mourinho could be paid off with as much as £30 million if Chelsea sack him, the Mirror has reported.
The club passed a vote of confidence on the underfire coach on Monday after his outburst on Saturday which followed a humbling 3-1 home defeat to Southampton, the champions’ fourth Premier League defeat in only eight games.
But if the alarming slump continues, Chelsea are likely to sack Mourinho a second time and pay heavily for the sacking.
Mourinho signed a lucrative new deal worth around £8.5million-a-year two months ago after winning the title in May and the Capital One Cup three months earlier.
The deal was intended to tie the 52-year-old to the club until 2019 and Chelsea remain hopeful that he will lead them out of their slump and build a dynasty.
Last Saturday’s shock defeat at home to Southampton, however, has left the club in 16th place and they face the real possibility of not making it to the Champions League.
Should Chelsea lose at home to Aston Villa after the international break the club could yet revisit Mourinho’s position.
No team in Premier League history has ever made it into the top four after picking up just eight points, as Chelsea have, from their first eight games.