Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has ruled out the possibility of agreeing a swap deal involving Bastian Schweinsteiger and Manchester United's Angel di Maria.
Louis van Gaal has been accredited with an interest in several Bayern Munich stars so far this summer, but a deal for their ageing midfielder seemed the most viable.
Schweinsteiger has just 12 months remaining on his current contract and seemed tempted by the prospect of reuniting with the former Bayern manager at Old Trafford for a fresh challenge. Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben have also been linked.
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Conveniently, Bayern Munich are currently weighing up a move for Di Maria, who is rumoured to be available after struggling to adapt to life in the north of England.
The Argentine international cost Manchester United a British-record £59.7 million to sign from Real Madrid last summer, but he did little to justify such an outlay and was eventually dropped from the team in favour of Ashley Young.
His stock has fallen, but not low enough to discourage Bayern Munich, who see him as a perfect replacement to Robben, according to reports. However, Rummenigge says a deal involving both Schweinsteiger and Di Maria is out of the question.
"For once I can completely deny that,” he is quoted by Sky Sports as saying. "It has never been discussed and was never part of anyone's thinking, neither here in Munich nor in Manchester."
The rumour mill
While he was at it, Rummenigge took a shot at the ongoing state of transfer rumours, claiming as many as 99% of all the transfer news you read is fake.
With literally no rules on what you can and can't write about football clubs, and football fans flocking to absorb as many transfer stories as possible, it's no surprise that some rubbish slips into the system.
"The proportion of untruth in the stories I'm reading at the moment is 99 per cent."
He said: "The rumour mill is grinding away every day. I have no interest and also no desire to be denying or confirming things every day.
"I read this stuff in the evening before going to bed and I always drop off to sleep feeling jolly and grinning.
"You shouldn't believe there's much truth in every rumour, especially if it's come from England. The proportion of untruth in the stories I'm reading at the moment is 99 per cent."
Do you enjoy reading transfer stories even if 99% of them aren't real?
What's the alternative? Well, a lot of spare time to do productive (yuck) things while you wait for your club to actually sign someone.
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