Jose Mourinho told Cesc Fabregas to ask Pedro if he was joining Man…

Journalist Ian McGarry made the bold assertion this afternoon as news of Pedro’s impending arrival at Chelsea broke.

He tweeted: ”I understand that Fabregas spoke with Pedro at JM request last Friday and asked status of #MUFC move. #CFC then acted on his response.”

Manchester United had been chasing Pedro for six weeks.

Chief executive Ed Woodward was in Spain to hold talks with Barcelona over a £21.1m deal – but Chelsea gatecrashed the move last night.