Cesc Fabregas: Manchester United move is 'ongoing'

Manchester United have not given up on their efforts to sign Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

United have failed with two bids for the former Arsenal player, the latest of which is understood to be £30m plus add-ons.

But David Moyes has confirmed he is still targeting the 26-year-old as his first capture since taking over as manager at Old Trafford.

He told a news conference in Osaka that "things are ongoing".

Fabregas facts

  • He became Arsenal's youngest player aged 16 years and 177 days against Rotherham United in League Cup in October 2003.
  • Barcelona paid Arsenal £30m to sign him in August 2011.
  • He has winner's medals from the 2010 World Cup and 2008 plus the 2012 Euros.
  • He won his first league title when Barcelona took La Liga's top spot last season.

United made their first move for Fabregas on 15 July by tabling a £15m bid and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward then flew home from the club's Asia tour to try and secure his capture.

But Barcelona are keen to keep hold of the Spain international.

Moyes also revealed that Robin van Persie has recovered from a thigh injury in time to play in United's next tour match against Cerezo Osaka on Friday.

Wayne Rooney, who returned early from the club's tour with a hamstring injury, is also said to be on the mend.

The striker, 27, is training in Manchester alongside injured duo Nemanja Vidic and Nani as well as Antonio Valencia, who was given time off after international games.

Moyes added: "There was a practice match at Carrington the other day.

"Vida, Nani and Valencia all had playing time in that. Wayne is also running and at the level we thought he'd be at. He'll step that up this week."

Rooney is expected to return to action in his team's pre-season friendly against AIK Fotboll on August 6 in Stockholm.