The Catalan club have again insisted that the midfielder is not for sale, according to the BBC.
It may be enough to force David Moyes to admit defeat after he conceded he would prefer not to see the saga drag on.
Moyes has faced a tricky start to his tenure at Manchester United after taking over following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, who left the club after 26 years in charge and as the most successful manager in football history.
He has had to deal with the continuing saga of disgruntled striker Wayne Rooney, who has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford following comments by his manager that he would be second-choice to Robin Van Persie.
This summer United also missed out on highly rated Barca midfielder Thiago Alcantara, who opted to join former manager Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich rather than move to United.
Moyes has admitted that the club’s lack of progress in the transfer market thusfar could worry supporters who are anxious to see Moyes strengthen his squad as the club looks to defend its Premiership title.
“I can understand that feeling,” he said Monday. “But there have been quite a few changes. Other managers have changed their clubs too, and everybody thought this might be the summer when transfers are done later in the month.
“That was always the thought I had when I came into the club. You have to remember I only started on 1 July, so in truth I have only been in the job three weeks at this present time.”
Written for thefarmclub.net