From the Back Pages, January 1: No funds for José Mourinho as Chelsea loss nears £50m

From the back pages
From the back pages

Chelsea have abandoned their long-standing target of breaking even after recording a loss of £49.4 million for the year ending June 2013. (The Times)

Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney - Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie could be absent for Premier League visit of Tottenham Hotspur. David Moyes may have to make do without his first choice strike partnership for Manchester United’s new year’s day match against Spurs. (The Telegraph)

Arsene Wenger has been hit by a major injury crisis ahead of the visit of Cardiff. Arsenal boss Wenger is definitely without Olivier Giroud and Kieran Gibbs while has doubts over FIVE other first teamers. (The Mirror)

Manchester United are considering a move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho after an extended scouting mission. United have had the defensive midfielder watched on a number of occasions already this season and were once again in attendance as Sporting drew 0-0 with Porto on Sunday evening, according to A Bola. (Daily Mail)

TOTTENHAM manager Tim Sherwood may like his sides to play with risk, but will not allow Spurs to turn up at Manchester United as lambs to the slaughter. (The Express)

Manchester United manager David Moyes fears that his hopes of reinforcing in the crucial left-back slot, which he considers one of the squad’s weak spots, will be dashed again this January. (The Independent)

Doctors battling to save Michael Schumacher from the life-threatening injuries which the racing driver sustained in a skiing accident said on Tuesday they had seen a “slight improvement” in his condition following a second operation to ease the pressure on his brain. (The Guardian)