United confirmed on Monday they had launched an improved £30million offer for the former Arsenal captain, with David Moyes still searching for his first marquee signing as manager.
However reports in Spain suggest the bid was turned down by Barcelona, who appear adamant the 26-year-old is not for sale.
“Fabregas is not for sale,” a Barcelona source said on Monday. “The president (Sandro Rosell) has been very clear with Man United.”
United manager David Moyes has had his say on the matter, and revealed he may be forced to admit defeat in his pursuit of the Spaniard.
“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,” Moyes said.
“I’ll hope that things can continue to try to move forward.
“At this moment I can only tell you that Ed Woodward (United’s executive vice-chairman) is working hard to make the deals happen and we’re hoping some of them will fall into place shortly.”
It is unclear whether Fabregas would be keen on a return to the Premier League, where he played 303 games and scored 57 goals as an Arsenal player.
Reports have suggested the midfielder is unhappy at his current role at the club which has seen him feature behind Xavi and Andres Iniesta in the pecking order for his favoured central midfield position.
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