From the Back Pages, May 2: Louis van Gaal set to be appointed Manchester United manager next week

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Louis van Gaal anticipates being appointed Manchester United manager by the start of next week, leaving him just a few days to establish transfer market priorities before he begins preparations for the World Cup with the Dutch national team. (The Independent)

Luis Suarez has offered Liverpool a massive boost as the title race enters its final straight, by insisting he is going nowhere this summer. (The Mirror)

Manchester United fear that Wayne Rooney has suffered another injury setback after the striker limped out of training on Thursday and was immediately sent to have a scan. (Daily Mail)

Premier League clubs paid their players and other staff a record £1.8bn in 2012-13, up 11% on the previous year, according to the Guardian’s review of all the clubs’ annual accounts. (The Guardian)

FORMER AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri is interested in taking over at West Ham if Tottenham decide against appointing him in the summer. (The Express)

Sam Allardyce has put himself on another collision course with West Ham fans by insisting that supporters are only interested in results and that banners calling for his sacking are “a nonsense”. (The Times)

Chelsea are closing in on a deal to sign Filipe Luis, the Atlético Madrid left-back, which would raise further doubts over Ashley Cole’s future at the club. If, as expected, Chelsea sign Filipe, who would cost around 20 million euros (£16.5million), it may also be a clear sign that they expect Luke Shaw to join Manchester United. United are planning a £27 million bid for the 18-year-old Southampton left-back. (The Telegraph)