Manchester United's hopes of signing Cesc Fabregas have been dealt another blow after reports emerged that the Spain midfielder has told close friends he wants to stay at the Nou Camp.
The Red Devils have already had two bids rejected for the former Arsenal star this summer, while a third bid worth a club-record £35m is also on the cards.
However, their hopes of luring Fabregas may prove unsuccessful even if Barcelona opt to accept an improved offer, because the midfielder is determined to prove himself at his boyhood club.
“Cesc is very flattered by United’s interest and recognises what a great opportunity they offer," a Barcelona insider told The Sun. “But it’s only two years since he left Arsenal and he doesn’t want to turn his back on Barcelona so soon.
“It has been a battle trying to dislodge Xavi and [Andres] Iniesta, or slot in successfully beside them, but he has had his fair share of games and wants even more.”
Indeed, Fabregas finished last season's La Liga campaign having scored an impressive 11 goals in 32 appearances. He also weighed in with 11 league assists as Barcelona finished the season with a club-record 100 points.
It appears that Manchester United may have accepted defeat in their bid to sign the World Cup winner.
Reports on Tuesday morning claimed that the Premier League champions will submit a £25m offer for Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, who could help solve United's midfield dilemma instead of Fabregas.