Paper Gossip: Van Gaal Ready to Wield the Axe, Chelsea Join Khedira Chase

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Paper Gossip: Van Gaal Ready to Wield the Axe, Chelsea Join Khedira Chase
Manu Fernandez/Associated Press

Thursday's transfer stories predominantly react to Louis van Gaal's first day in charge at Manchester United—with widespread speculation he is ready to cull a number of players from his first-team squad.

Elsewhere, there is talk that Arsenal might soon have a rival in their attempts to sign Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, while Spurs are prepared to go to great lengths in order to keep one of their most important players.

Read on for those stories and many more.

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