Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho enlisted the help of Cesc Fabregas before stealing Barcelona forward Pedro from under Manchester United’s nose, according to journalist Ian McGarry.
Fabregas spent six years in Barcelona’s youth academy before moving to Arsenal in 2003. The Spanish midfielder returned to Barcelona for a spell in 2011 and would remain close to many of the club’s players.
Mourinho reportedly felt it would be wise to use the connection between Fabregas and Barcelona to reach out to Pedro and figure out just where negotiations currently stood between Man United and Barcelona.
After finding out that the potential transfer had stalled, Chelsea acted quickly and now look set to sign the player.
— Ian McGarry (@garbosj) August 19, 2015
In hijacking the deal for Pedro, Mourinho has significantly weakened a rival and has undermined Louis van Gaal and Ed Woodward in the transfer market.
While it remains to be seen just how effective Pedro can be under Mourinho’s watch, by moving to London instead of Manchester, he has dealt a massive blow to United’s future hopes of signing top talent.
United have been criticised heavily for not pulling the trigger on the Pedro deal but very few people imagined that it would come back to haunt them in this nature. If van Gaal can not find a replacement for the recently departed Angel di Maria, his squad could remain unbalanced for the remainder of the year or, at least, until Christmas when doing business can be unpredictable at the best of times.