Club football may be on hiatus until early July, but you can still get your fix by riding the rumours rollercoaster. In the sixth week of our rolling blog, Steve Bartram tracks the transfer tittle-tattle in the media...
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Running total: 65 in (estimated £1.207billion), 15 out (estimated £174million, including loans and swaps)
Friday 25 June
21:45 So, that brings another week of whispers to an end. I'm off next week, but my beloved colleagues will be picking up the Gossip baton in my absence. Be sure to check here first thing on Monday morning, when the weekend's transfer rumours will all be rounded up.
15:49 As I suggested on Wednesday, there's a decent chance that United's rumoured interest in Mexico forward Pablo Barrera stems from this very website. Be it genuine or otherwise, the 23-year-old is happy to hear of it, alongside whispers of Tottenham, Lazio, Juventus and Valencia being in for him. "I hope I can go abroad to play in a traditional club in Europe, but first I want to do well in the World Cup," said the Pumas winger, in the Daily Mail. "I like Spanish football, the Italian, English - I like various styles of the game. I aspire to that. I want to be in a good team. That's all I want."
13:58 Having already dashed chatter of an ex-Chelsea midfielder joining United on a free this week, why not do it again? Michael Ballack was tipped for a shock Old Trafford switch a couple of weeks ago, but has today rejoined Bayer Leverkusen, thereby killing the rumours stone dead.
11:08 You may have noticed that Stephen Ireland has been linked with United a number of times this summer. According to a report in today's Sun, Everton are set to join the race for the £8million-rated midfielder. Manchester City are expected to sell, given their rumoured interest in pretty much