Paper Talk: Van Gaal updates, plus Pato set for Chelsea

Date published: Monday 25th January 2016 2:00

Louis van Gaal: Will wave goodbye at the end of the season?

Louis van Gaal’s future at Manchester United dominates Monday’s newspapers, with Alexandre Pato’s impending loan move to Chelsea the major transfer story.


There is plenty more speculation regarding the future of Louis van Gaal in Monday’s newspapers, with The Times, Daily Mail, The Sun and Daily Star all offering a different view on the Dutchman’s situation at Old Trafford.

The Times reports that United have held talks with Jose Mourinho’s camp about the former Chelsea manager replacing Van Gaal in the summer but could make a change sooner if results continue to deteriorate, with the club ‘considering all options’ as the prospect of missing out on the Champions League grows.

The Daily Mail, meanwhile, claims Van Gaal could leave any day after Ed Woodward canvassed senior players about the 64-year-old’s methods. ‘Woodward is aware that the players have stopped responding to Van Gaal’s methods and is considering placing Ryan Giggs in charge until the end of the season,’ the newspaper says.

The Daily Star simply says that Van Gaal is set for showdown talks with Woodward over his future, while The Sun believes the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has already met with United’s chief executive and is ready to quit rather than wait to be sacked.


Chelsea were last night finalising a deal to sign Alexandre Pato on loan from Corinthians with a view to a permanent move (Daily Mail)

Chelsea did not pay a loan fee to take Radamel Falcao from Monaco (The Sun)

Bayern Munich face a big battle to stop Poland striker Robert Lewandowski from joining Real Madrid this summer (The Sun)

Watford manager Quique Flores hopes to tie up a reunion with Fiorentina midfielder Mario Suarez this week (Daily Mirror)

Stoke midfielder Steve Sidwell is joining Brighton’s promotion push on a free transfer (The Sun)

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