Manchester United manager David Moyes says the club are continuing to pursue Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas despite the Premier League champions having had two bids rejected by the Catalans.
Former Barca boss Tito Vilanova had previously claimed that Fabregas was happy with life at the Nou Camp while president Sandro Rosell has reportedly contacted United requesting the club to end their interest.
But United, who have made just one addition in the form of Uruguay Under 20 international Guillermo Varela during the summer transfer window, are seemingly unperturbed by the La Liga champions' successive denials.
"Things are ongoing," Moyes told a press conference in Osaka.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward left United pre-season tour last week to see to urgent transfer business but with activity limited at Old Trafford this summer, there is a growing concern the club are losing ground to title rivals Chelsea and Manchester City.
Chelsea have added Marco van Ginkel, Andre Schurrle, Mark Schwarzer and Cristian Cuevas to their squad while City have spent £87m on Jesus Navas, Fernandinho, Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo.
To compound Moyes' problems in the transfer window, United have suffered a series of injuries during pre-season with Nemanja Vidic, Nani and Antonio Valencia all missing the Far East tour while Wayne Rooney was withdrawn after picking up a hamstring injury.
Robin van Persie became the latest injury victim after he left the field with a thigh problem during the defeat to Yokohama F Marinos on Tuesday, leading to Dutch coach Raymond Verheijen criticising Moyes' handling of the 29 year old.
But the United boss is positive over those fitness concerns.
"There was a practice match at the Aon Training Complex the other day - Vida, Nani and Valencia all had playing time in that," the 51 year old said.
"Wayne is running and at the level we thought he'd be at. He'll step that up this week. [Substituting] Robin was a precaution the other night.
"I expect he and Welbeck to both play tomorrow. Carrick had a tight groin and is doing better but probably won't feature tomorrow [against Cerezo Osaka]. He should resume training over the weekend."