FC Barcelona says it will not listen to any offers for midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who has attracted the interest of English-league powerhouse Manchester United.
Sources with the Spanish club told Efe Friday that Barça had no plans to negotiate a potential transfer of Fabregas to United or any other club. The Spanish national-squad player, for his part, has made clear his desire to stay at Camp Nou.
However, new United manager David Moyes said in Sydney, where his club is training ahead of the start of the Premier League season, that he was confident about landing Fabregas.
"I'll hopefully know a little more in the next day or so. It's the middle of the night back in England right now so I may have a bit more information in the next day or so about how it's going," he was quoted as saying in a statement posted Friday to the Red Devils' Web site.
The British press reported that United would be willing to pay some 30 million euros ($39 million) for the player and that the club's executive vice chairman, Ed Woodward, would travel in the coming hours to Barcelona in a bid to seal the deal.
But Fabregas, who came up through Barça's youth system and returned to the club in 2011 after eight years at Arsenal, recently reiterated his desire to win more titles as a member of the defending La Liga champions.
Barcelona may be less inclined to part with Fabregas after reaching a deal this week with Bayern Munich on the transfer of midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
The 26-year-old Fabregas' contract with Barça runs until June 30, 2016, and contains a huge 200-million-euro ($262-million) buy-out clause.
In his two seasons with the Spanish-league titan, Fabregas has scored 28 goals and recorded 29 assists in 95 official matches, though he has never been a firm starter with the club.
A playmaker renowned for his passing range, his style of play is considered ideally suited to the Premier League, and media reports indicate that Arsenal may also be interested in resigning its former captain. EFE