Moyes: Fabregas bid 'ongoing'

Manchester United manager David Moyes says the club are continuing with their attempts to sign midfielder Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona.

Last Updated: 25/07/13 at 20:31 Post Comment

Cesc Fabregas: Barcelona midfielder remains a transfer target for Manchester Uni

Cesc Fabregas: Barcelona midfielder remains a transfer target for Manchester Uni

United have had two bids for the Spain international turned down already but Moyes insists they have not given up hope of landing the former Arsenal man.

Asked about the potential deal at a Thursday press conference as United continue their tour of Japan, Moyes said: "It is ongoing."

And the new United boss also said that forward Robin van Persie is likely to feature in Friday's friendly against Cerezo Osaka.

Van Persie felt tightness in his thigh during Tuesday's loss in Yokohama and had to be taken off.

Van Persie expected to play

But Moyes said: "It was just a precaution. I expect he will play tomorrow."

However, Michael Carrick is unlikely to be risked on Friday, although Moyes says the midfielder's tight groin is getting better.

Regarding injured players who are rehabilitating back in Manchester, the manager said the news was good.

"There was a practice match at the training ground the other day in which Nemanja Vidic, Antonio Valencia and Nani all got some playing time," he said.

"Wayne Rooney is running and is probably at the level we would have thought he would be at. He has picked up his work again this week."

Meanwhile, Alex Song is convinced Fabregas will still be a Barcelona player at the start of the new season.

Song, the former Arsenal midfielder who spent six years at the Emirates before moving to Spain in 2012, says his team-mate has no intention of quitting Camp Nou.

After featuring in Barca's friendly defeat at Bayern Munich, Song told Sky Sports News he is "100%" sure Fabregas is going nowhere.

He said: "I did not speak with him but I know Cesc is 100 per cent here.

"He loves Barcelona, he loves the club. He will stay here next season and give 100 per cent because I know him very well and he'll want to fight. He's focused on the club.

"He wants just to give his best for Barcelona. He's from Barcelona, he loves Barcelona and he'll want to start the season to show what he can do.

"People are talking and talking, but we know he is focused here and ready to start the season.

"He's enjoying a holiday with his family and I'm sure he wants just to come back here.

"It's my own opinion but I know he will stay here, 100 per cent."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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