United’s pursuit of Cesc has been one of the stories of the summer, taking numerous twists and turns. It appeared that United were ready to concede defeat in their attempts when Moyes admitted that he was unsure if United would make another bid following Barca’s dismissal of United’s 2nd bid.
As news of a 3rd bid gathered pace, on Friday things appeared brighter for United when Barca manager Gerardo Martino’s tone changed from Cesc is not for sale, to it’s up Cesc if he wants to go.
United may have been encouraged by this but the door has again been closed after Barca’s president Rosell told Sport that the move was not possible:
“Cesc wants to stay and we want the same. I’ve sent Man United’s chairman a letter to explain he’s not for sale”