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Javier Hernandez is one of a number of Manchester United players likely to leave the club this summer and, if reports in the Metro are to be believed, it appears he will have something Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata won't have next season: Champions League football.

Hernandez has made just 11 starts in all competitions during David Moyes' reign at Old Trafford, with less than half of those coming in the Premier League. The Metro claim that Champions League semi-finalists Atletico Madrid are interested in Hernandez, an excellent move for the Mexican if Diego Costa leaves this summer.

However, given the worries over Robin van Persie's age, form, happiness and fitness, Hernandez departing would surely leave United in the market for another striker, just another thing to add to the list.

Speaking of United, and huge news reported by Dutch paper De Telegraaf late last night, thus making its way onto the websites of most of our papers this morning. They believe that Manchester United officials have met with current Dutch national team coach Louis van Gaal to sound out the 62-year-old over taking over at Old Trafford this summer.

Spurs have shown more than a passing interest in Van Gaal, but it appears that he may have delayed making a decision over his future in case United make him an offer to replace the under-performing David Moyes. Joel Glazer is reported to have been the man to fly out to a 'secret location in Europe' in order to conduct initial talks.

Van Gaal is leaving the Netherlands job after this summer's World Cup, and has a fairly glittering CV, but would he be preferable to Jurgen Klopp, Diego Simeone or Antonio Conte?

Watching the love between player and manager after Romelu Lukaku scored Everton's second against Arsenal last week, it's clear to most of us that the striker is a happy boy at Goodison Park, and Roberto Martinez is hoping that such contentment could see the move being made permanent.

The Daily Mirror run with brief quotes from Martinez from his pre-match press conference before Everton's game against Sunderland on Saturday, in which the Spaniard hopes that happiness will be a deciding factor in keeping Lukaku.

"He's a grounded and intelligent young man, who is not going to be swayed by the materialistic aspect of the game," Martinez said.

"What can we offer him? Just enjoying his football.

"As a player, happiness is something that is very important. When you can offer football happiness it's an incredible opportunity."

Can't help thinking that Champions League football may do the business too.

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