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.