From the Back Pages, April 16: Manchester United offering Toni Kroos £260,000 a week to join

Manchester United are offering Toni Kroos £260,000 a week as they continue to try to prise the midfielder away from Bayern Munich this summer. While David Moyes understands it may be difficult to take the 24-year-old from the German club as Bayern maintain he is not for sale, the United manager believes that if Kroos is minded to push the deal through he could still join. (The Guardian)

From the back pages
From the back pages

Brendan Rodgers has told the Hillsborough families they are the inspiration behind Liverpool’s title charge. At the memorial service to mark the 25th anniversary of the tragedy, as chants of “we’re gonna win the league” rang out around Anfield at the end of an emotional afternoon, Rodgers delivered a moving speech. (The Mirror)

Arsenal reclaimed fourth place in the Premier League from Everton with a brace from Lukas Podolski and a gem from Olivier Giroud, his 20th goal of the season. As their fans sang about Wembley, Arsène Wenger’s side recovered from a poor start, and Matt Jarvis’ header, to stay on track for the Champions League. (The Telegraph)

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Manchester City are the best-paid sports team in the world, with average first-team pay a whopping £5.3m a year, or £102,653 per week according to a new report that compares global earnings in the most popular leagues. (Daily Mail)

Two of Paul Lambert’s assistant coaches have been suspended by Aston Villa as pressure on the manager continues to grow. Ian Culverhouse, the assistant manager, and Gary Karsa, the head of footballing operations, are under internal investigation. The reason for that inquiry has not been revealed but the club consider the issue serious enough to suspend the coach even with the cloud of relegation looming. (The Times)

BRIGHTON loanee Jesse Lingard claims his confidence will be “sky-high” when he returns to Manchester United at the end of the season. (The Express)

Red Bull have lost their appeal against Daniel Ricciardo’s disqualification from last month’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix. (The Independent)