Manchester United are reported to have rejected the opportunity to sign Alex Song after Barcelona had made the former Arsenal midfielder available to the Premier League champions.
According to The Telegraph, United have been presented with a chance to recruit Song - rated at £10 million - before the close of the transfer window later this month but senior figures at the club have moved to rule out the possibility.
Song joined Barcelona from Arsenal in the summer of 2012 but has not been afforded the regular football he desires since swapping the Emirates Stadium for the Camp Nou, making only 30 league appearances.
Manchester United have been active in their pursuit of midfield reinforcements but Song, who excelled in a deep-lying position during his final season with the Gunners, will not be among their targets.
It remains to be seen if David Moyes is able to follow-up the club record acquisition of Juan Mata with the recruitment of a more traditional midfielder, having been linked with the likes of Arturo Vidal and Koke.
The club are close to completing a deal for Mata, for a fee of around £37 million, and are also reported to have made moves to sign Vidal from Juventus before the deadline.