With mere weeks to go until the transfer window slams shut, you can't go online or open the papers without hearing scurrilous rumours. In our rolling blog, Steve Bartram tracks all the United transfer tittle-tattle...
Friday 20 August
17:04 A late shout from Caughtoffside.com, which suggests United are set to swoop for Porto's Raul Meireles. Little do they know, one assumes, that the story was killed off yesterday by The Times' James Ducker.
15:13 Get a load of Santos. Not content with setting up a deal for Rodrigo Possebon and convincing Neymar to spurn the advances of Chelsea and sign a new five-year contract, Pele's former team are now displaying the temerity to try and hold onto another of their star names. The Daily Mail says Santos will aim to convince Henrique Ganso, linked with both United and Manchester City this summer, to stay with them and reject the chance to test himself in Europe. Slightly more prohibitive is the £41million buy-out clause in the player's current deal.
11:55 Sir Alex Ferguson has said that Bebe will be United's last signing in this transfer window. However, such statements have sometimes turned out to be premature in the past - rival interest in Mame Biram Diouf last summer forced the Reds to accelerate his arrival - so we shall see what happens between now and 1 September. The Gossip will continue until then!
09:04 This Rafael van der Vaart talk is gathering pace. In the space of two days, he's pledged his future to Real Madrid, been told he could actually be surplus to requirements and now, apparently, intimated a desire to join United if he can't stay with Los Blancos. The Daily Express quotes the Dutchman as saying: "I could never play for another club in Spain and the truth is that if you are leaving Real Madrid, there is only one club you can join that is not a step down -