Manchester United manager David Moyes has confirmed that the club have not given up in their attempt to sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona, saying: "It is ongoing."
United are set to submit a third bid for the Spain international after seeing two offers rejected, with reports in Spain suggesting that Barca president Sandro Rosell had written to them to insist he would not be selling Fabregas this summer.
And Barcelona's Gerard Pique told the Sun: "United are wasting their time. It took a long time for Cesc to get his dream move back home, and he won't give it up.
"This is home, it is where his family is, and he is playing with his closest friends. He has told us he is happy, and that he intends to stay with Barcelona."
His comments were echoed by Alex Song, who said he was confident that Fabregas would not be leaving the Camp Nou.
Meanwhile, Moyes confirmed that Robin van Persie would feature in Friday's friendly against Cerezo Osaka, having been taken off during the 3-2 defeat to Yokohama F Marinos on Tuesday after feeling tightness in his thigh.
He said: "It was just a precaution. I expect he will play tomorrow" - but the injury prompted former Wales assistant manager Raymond Verheijen, who has helped coach Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester City, to describe the United manager's methods as "Jurassic Park".
Verheijen wrote on Twitter: "In Sydney, Moyes said: 'We've overtrained Robin this week to build up his fitness.' [In Japan] he picked up muscle injury. It really makes you wonder how these prehistoric training methods can still take place at the highest level.
"But as long as most dinosaurs are still in denial and ignore how things develop in other countries, nothing will ever change in Jurassic Park."
Moyes said he was unlikely to risk Michael Carrick, who has a groin problem, in that match, but had good news about the fitness of four players who have stayed in England to recover from injuries.
"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 explained.
"Wayne Rooney is running, and is probably at the level we would have thought he would be. He has picked up his work again this week."