Premier League side Manchester United have had a second bid rejected by FC Barcelona for their midfielder Cesc Fabregas, and manager David Moyes has admitted that the champions will not wait forever to sign the Spaniard.
The English champions pinpointed Fabregas as their main transfer target for the summer after failing to capture Thiago Alcantara, but they have now had two formal bids rejected for the ex-Arsenal captain.
Moyes has made it clear that he eyes improvement in the United midfield, and after seeing his first bid of £25m turned down by the Spanish champions, he then made another bid of around £30m, but that has also been rejected by the Catalan club.
Despite being highly interested in the midfielder, Moyes has admitted that the club are not prepared to wait forever in order to sign the Spaniard.
"My understanding is that (executive vice chairman) Ed Woodward has had a response and he’s spoken with Barcelona and again we’ve made a second offer," he told reporters.
"But Ed’s dealing with that, rather than me personally here.
"I think a point does come when you give up 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 hope things continue to move forward."
It is believed that many United fans are anxious because of the lack of signings so far, especially as both Chelsea and Manchester City have already strengthened and Moyes understands their feelings.
"I can understand why that might be the feeling," he added. "But I think everybody had thought this might be the summer — with there being quite a few managerial changes at a few clubs — where transfers are later in the month.
"That was always the thought I had when I came into the job.
"I can only tell you that Ed Woodward is working hard to make the deals happen and we’re hoping some of them will fall into place shortly.
"You’ve got to remember I only started the job on July 1, so in truth I’ve only been in this job for three weeks."
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