From the Back Pages, May 1: Louis van Gaal wants funding for Toni Kroos, Marco Reus and Mats Hummels

Louis van Gaal hopes to conclude negotiations with Manchester United in the next few days, aware that potential members of his coaching staff are under pressure to clarify their positions with current employers. (Daily Mail)

From the back pages
From the back pages

Louis van Gaal’s appointment as Manchester United boss is imminent, after the announcement of his Dutch World Cup squad, expected to happen on Thursday, was put back to next week, writes David McDonnell. (The Mirror)

José Mourinho claimed last night that one of his own goalkeepers, Thibaut Courtois, was the difference between the teams as Chelsea were knocked out of the Champions League by Atlético Madrid at Stamford Bridge. (The Times)

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Roy Hodgson fears Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kyle Walker is likely to miss the World Cup finals along with his team-mate Andros Townsend, the latest injury blow in a series of concerns for the England manager. (The Independent)

Roy Hodgson has expressed his renewed confidence that Jack Wilshere will be fit for the World Cup but fears the “cruel blow” of losing Andros Townsend is about to be exacerbated by Kyle Walker joining the growing list of absentees. (The Guardian)

Chelsea are considering a shock move for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho just a year after the Brazilian moved to White Hart Lane. (Thhe Telegraph)

MANCHESTER UNITED have not yet closed the door on luring Carlo Ancelotti to Old Trafford as their new manager. (The Express)