Barcelona have publicly insisted that the player is not for sale but many believe behind the scene a deal may be possible hence United not being dissuaded despite having a number of bids rejected.
With Barcelona confirming a decision on the player would be made after the appointment of a new manager, this week new Barcelona manager Geraldo Martino confirmed that he would not sanction the sale of the player effectively ending the saga and it seems United are finally ready to concede defeat.
Speaking ahead of United’s game against Kitchee FC in Hong Kong, United boss Moyes said:
“I couldn’t tell you if there will be another bid. Obviously we will take stock of it and consider what we are going to do next.
“But what we have here is a really good squad of players already. You mustn’t forget about the quality that is already here at Manchester United.
“Undoubtedly we are hoping to add to it. I am quite confident we will do, certainly before the window shuts.”
“I never at any time said I knew we would get him. I just said we had made offers. They have been rejected. We will take stock from there and decide where we go from there.”