Manchester United manager David Moyes would be willing to walk away from his attempt to sign Cesc Fabregas - but not just yet.
Having confirmed a second United bid for the former Arsenal midfielder ahead of his side's encounter with Yokohama F Marinos later today, it is believed Moyes would consider a third if Barcelona show no inclination to sell.
It would be a bid taking United beyond the £30.75million it took to prise Dimitar Berbatov away from Tottenham in 2008.
Evidently, if Barcelona were to keep saying no, Moyes would have to look elsewhere.
However, given encouragement to believe Fabregas is open to the idea of returning to the Premier League, Moyes is not about to give up just yet.
"I think a point does come," said the Scot.
"But when you are interested in good players you want to give it every opportunity to materialise.
"I will hope things will continue to move forward.
"At this moment in time I can only tell you (executive vice-chairman) Ed Woodward is working hard to try and make the deals happen. We hope some of them will fall into place shortly."
Despite being linked with a host of big names, Moyes' only signing to date is Uruguay Under-20 defender Guillermo Varela.
With Thiago Alcantara opting to join former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich and links with Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Everton duo Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini, plus Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye as yet failing to bear fruit, some United supporters are starting to get anxious.
"I can understand that feeling," Moyes said. "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 July 1, so in truth I have only been in the job three weeks at this present time."
Nevertheless, it is hardly an ideal situation for United.
Woodward returned to Europe from Australia on "urgent transfer business" last Thursday.
Meanwhile, Michael Carrick was set to miss the third game of United's pre-season tour with a tight groin.
Carrick was walking very gingerly as he made his way to the sideline to watch training last night, having been unable to play any meaningful part in proceedings.