The Catalans insist they will not budge on the decision.
Manchester United have hit another stumbling block in the pursuit of Cesc Fabregas as Barcelona state that the player is not for sale.
New Red Devils boss David Moyes had confirmed that the club were interested in the midfielder and that chief executive Ed Woodward had flown home from United’s tour of Australia to negotiate the deal.
Yet Barca vice president Josep Maria Bartomeu has told the Premier League champions that Fabregas is not for sale.
“Barcelona can assure you we will not entertain any offers for Cesc,” Bartomeu was quoted on Sky Sports.
“It is totally ruled out, he’s not for sale.”
This stance will clearly come as bad news for United and the club’s only realistic chance of landing the Spaniard now is if Fabregas himself says he wants to leave the Nou Camp.
A switch to the Manchester side would probably be an attractive prospect for the 26-year-old athough, as the Spain international enjoyed nine successful years in England with Arsenal between 2003 and 2011.
The midfield ace thrived in the Premier League and a move to Old Trafford would see a team built around Fabregas – something that has not been done at Barca – along with playing alongside former Gunners team mate and friend Robin Van Persie.
Although the midfielder has enjoyed success at the Nou Camp, winning La Liga in 2013 and the Copa Del Rey in 2012, the Spanish star has had to constantly compete with the likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquest for a starting place.