Barcelona tell Manchester United: Cesc Fabregas not for sale
Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu says the club won't consider selling Cesc Fabregas
Manchester United have bee told by Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu that Cesc Fabregas is not for sale.
The Red Devils have been in pursuit of Cesc Fabregas after missing out on his Barcelona team-mate Thiago Alcantara to Bayern Munich, and had a bid for the ex-Arsenal man - believed to be in the region of €30 million - turned down by the Catalan club this week.
Barcelona have repeatedly insisted that Fabregas won't be on the move this summer, and now the club's vice-president has moved to dismiss the speculation surrounding his future once more.
"Barca can ensure they will not entertain any offers for Cesc," he said. "He is completely non-transferable."
United's move for the midfielder is complicated by the fact that Arsenal have first-refusal on their former player, while Gunners boss Arsene Wenger revealed yesterday he had been told that the 26-year-old was staying put for at least another season.
That has not stopped rumours gathering pace that Manchester United are closing in on a deal for Fabregas, with recent reports suggesting boss David Moyes was hoping of a breakthrough this weekend after confirming that Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman, had returned from United's tour early to work on the deal.
"The chief executive [Woodward] has been dealing with it," said the former Everton manager. "I may have a bit more information in the next day or so about how it's going."
While the Red Devils look to complete their first major deal of the summer, speculation still surrounds the future of Wayne Rooney.
The striker has been the subject of a bid from Chelsea amidst talk he is ready to leave Old Trafford, but once more Moyes said the England international is not for sale.
"There's no change [regarding Rooney]. As far as players we're looking to bring in, we're trying very hard to make some additions to the squad. Hopefully there'll be some good news in the not too distant future."