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Manchester United player helped convince Pedro to choose Chelsea

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In case you've been hiding under a rock for the past 24 hours, Chelsea have reportedly gazumped another Premier League rival to a transfer target, agreeing a deal with FC Barcelona for Pedro Rodriguez when the player looked certain to join the Red Devils. How did this come to pass? If ESPN is to be believed, it involved the help of a player currently on the books at United:

ESPN FC was told that conversations with former Barcelona teammates such as Cesc Fabregas and Victor Valdes have caused Pedro to reconsider his own first preference. Fabregas enjoyed a successful debut season with Chelsea, winning the Premier League, while Valdes has been marginalised under Van Gaal at United.

If true, this is absolutely hilarious. We've known for a while that Cesc Fabregas had loads of good things to say about Jose Mourinho and Chelsea, but hearing that Valdes is working as an anti-recruiter for Louis Van Gaal makes me smile far more than it should. This gazump just keeps getting better...

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