Manchester United Sign Portuguese Striker Bebe for £7.4m

Old Trafford boss signs relatively unknown striker.

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Football - Manchester United Training - Manchester United Training Ground - 28/4/09..Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson during training Photo via Newscom

Manchester United have spent £7.4m to sign Bebe, a relatively unknown 20-year-old from the Portuguese club Vitória de Guimarães, the Guardian can reveal. The deal was finalised today, with the player becoming the eighth senior striker on the club’s books.

United have paid the buyout clause to release Bebe – who was raised in an orphanage after spending part of his childhood on the streets and has represented Portugal in the homeless World Cup – from his five-year contract at Guimarães only five weeks after he joined the club from Estrala da Amadora in the Portuguese third division.

He has been recommended to Sir Alex Ferguson by his former assistant, Carlos Queiroz, the Portugal national coach, and a deal has been rushed through for Bebe to become the third signing of the summer at Old Trafford. It takes the club’s spending to around £25m following the arrival of Chris Smalling from Fulham and Javier Hernández from Chivas de Guadalajara, with Ferguson retaining a strong interest in Mesut Ozil, the Germany international. (Guardian)

This came a bit out of the blue and is a surprise to say the least. Bebe only just moved to Vitória de Guimarães for next to nothing and now Sir Alex has splashed out £7.4m on a player with no top level experience whatsoever. Clearly he must have scouted the player a great deal and must have liked what he saw to make such a gamble.

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