Barcelona have told Manchester United that Cesc Fabregas is not for sale.
United confirmed on Monday that they had submitted an improved bid – understood to be £30m plus add-ons for the midfielder – but reports in Spain claim that has been turned down.
“Fabregas is not for sale,” a Barcelona source said on Monday. “The president (Sandro Rosell) has been very clear with Man United.”
Old Trafford boss David Moyes earlier said he may be forced to admit defeat.
He became Arsenal’s youngest player aged 16 years and 177 days against Rotherham United in League Cup in October 2003
He was part of the Arsenal team which beat Manchester United on penalties in the 2005 FA Cup final – their last trophy
When asked whether he would give up on Fabregas were the deal to drag on, Moyes said: “I think a point does come but I think when you are interested in good players you want to give it every opportunity to materialise. And I’ll do that.
“I’ll hope that things can continue to try to move forward.