Schwein flu

United are allegedly chasing German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.

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16/07/2010 08:34, Report by Steve Bartram
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The Gossip: July 11-16

With weeks to go until the transfer window slams shut, you can't go online or open the papers without hearing some scurrilous rumour or other. In our rolling blog, Steve Bartram tracks all the United transfer tittle-tattle...

Running total: 86 in (estimated £1.578billion), 19 out (estimated £174million, including loans and swaps)

Friday 16 July

18:08 Right, that's that for another week of rumours. Be sure to check in here first thing Monday morning for a round-up of all the transfer gossip from the weekend.

18:05 There were plenty of raised eyebrows on Thursday when United were linked with a £50million move for Fernando Torres, and newly-installed Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has moved quickly to quash all speculation over his star player. "He is not for sale and we don't welcome any offers for him. We want to keep him," Hodgson is quoted as saying by

17:59 Giovanni Ba, better known as Kiko Macheda's agent, has once again insisted that the Italian striker will remain at Old Trafford next season. "He stays at Manchester United," Ba told "I spoke last week with (Sir Alex) Ferguson. The club considers him absolutely unsellable."

14:30 Reserves right-back David Gray has joined Preston North End on a two-year deal. The Scot leaves Old Trafford on a free transfer after six years with the Reds. Best of luck, David, from everyone at United.

12:26 Well, we can safely can any talk of Mexico winger Pablo Barrera coming to Old Trafford. The 23-year-old has just completed a deal to join West Ham United.

10:38 Reports emanating from Spain suggested Real Madrid had tied up a deal for German midfielder Sami Khedira. Not so, it would seem. The 23-year-old, strongly linked with a move to United and several other Premier League clubs, has not been the subject of a bid, according to his club, Stuttgart. Spokesman Oliver Schraft told Deutsche Presseagentur: “There

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