It was drama all over at the final moment. The coach, the star and the star’s girlfriend entered the center-stage to provide a clinical finishing touch.
Premiership giants Manchester United’s vice chairman Ed Woodward was haggled in talks with the reigning Euro Champions Barcelona; but he and his side were completely bewitched by their rival Chelsea’s sudden and late moves.
Spanish star Pedro, who seemed to be a “certain” to don the Red Devil’s shirts is now days away from making his Premiership debut for the Blues.
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Mourinho entered the scene with a master strategy. Cesc Fabregas played a mercurial role. And the cool Spaniard, Fabergas’ girlfriend Daniella Semaan became a pivot of the Chelsea-move.
Result-Spanish International Pedro flew to London for a medical with the defending Premier League champions Chelsea, the first step of completing the £22m transfer from Euro Champions Barca to English Champions Chelsea. The striker was keenly looking for first eleven football.
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Marina Granovskaia started the move for the Blues, and then with Barcelona’s permission, both Mourinho and Fabregas spoke directly with the striker to seal the deal.
While both men concentrated on Pedro, Semaan made contact with the Spaniard’s wife, Carolina Martin, to persuade her about a move to London. This was a masterstroke on Chelsea’s behalf. Fabregas had been a close pal of 28-year-old Pedro since their days together at Barca and Spain. Semaan also had close ties with Caroline.
The Blues maintained silence from the beginning, tread cautiously and dealt a severe blow to Manchester United by overtaking them in the final lap of the race.
Pedro had already boarded a flight to London by the time United claimed that their interest in Pedro ended due to doubts of coach Louis Van Gaal.