Portuguese Under 21 international set for Old Trafford exit.
Manchester United have off-loaded £7.4million flop Bebe to Turkish club Besiktas on a season-long loan with a view to a £2m permanent move.
United shocked the football world last summer by agreeing to meet the release clause in Bebe’s new contract at Vitoria de Guimaraes in Portugal just five weeks after he had signed from Estrela da Amadora.
The winger had only played third division football and was available for £125,000 from his old club just months earlier.
But the 20-year-old, who grew up in a homeless shelter outside Lisbon, spent most of the season in United’s reserves.
His last first-team appearance came against non-League Crawley in the FA Cup in February.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Whilst it would be churlish to claim that Bebe has been an atrocious failure given his relative lack of first team action, it does seem fair to label the £7.4m buy a flop as clearly Sir Alex Ferguson doesn’t rate the Portuguese youngster good enough to warrant a place in the first team squad.
A lot was made about the fact that Ferguson signed the attacker without seeing him in the flesh and perhaps this is a lesson learnt. Bebe has impressed in the reserves but clearly that should be a given when you take into account how much was paid for his services.
Bebe can play out wide and up front but has a number of players ahead of him in the pecking order in both positions. The likes of Ryan Giggs, Nani, Gabriel Obertan and the potential incoming Aston Villa man Ashley Young will effectively curtail any hopes of breaking into the first team next term and a move away may be the best for all concerned and if Man United can claw back any of the original outlay then it seems likely Ferguson will take any decent offer that comes along.
Besiktas are looking to bring in a number of new names having completed their worst domestic campaign in 13 seasons with a fifth place spot, some 28 points behind SuperLig winners Fenerbahce.